The Queen’s Scout Award is one of the top awards that can be attained by an Explorer Scout. To complete the Queen’s Scout Award, you must first register for it. Activities that you undertake can be backdated for up to three months from the date of registration. It is important to ensure that if you are planning on completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award that you register for the Queen’s Scout Award before you start working on the DofE Award to ensure that none of the work and effort you put into it is wasted.
To begin the Queen’s Scout Award you must have first registered for it. You can register by completing the Queen’s Scout Award Registration with the UK Programme Team at Scout headquarters at https://bephoenix.org.uk/qsa-registration.
To undertake the Queen’s Scout Award, you must be aged between 16 years old and 25 years old. You must have been a member of Explorer Scouts for at least 18 months. You must be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network at the time that you complete the award.
You must complete at least 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or a member of the Scout Network. At least 12 of these nights should be camping under canvass. Nights away used for the Queen’s Scout Award must be different from nights away used towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award or the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award. Nights away that are completed as a Young Leader or by Scout Network members who are acting as an adult leader with other sections may count towards this award.
International, Community, and Values List
You must complete six activities in total, two from each area, from the The International, Community, and Values list can be found on the Scouts website.
If you have already achieved the Chief Scout’s Platinum award and completed two activities from the list then you only need complete a further four activities. If you have already achieved the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award and already completed four activities from the list then you only need to complete a further two.
Queen’s Scout Award Challenges
If you do not hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and wish to complete the Queen’s Scout Award challenges instead, they are as follows:
- Take up a skill for at least 12 months and show progress and lasting interest in the skill
- Take up a physical activity for at least 12 months and complete a programme of taking part and achievement
- Provide a service to an individual or the community for at least 12 months such as helping another section as a Young Leader or volunteering in a soup kitchen or animal shelter
- Complete a training, a practice, and a four-day three-night self-led expedition including a project
Training and practice for the expedition involve going on expeditions prior to the expedition which will be used for your achievement. This is to help you plan and prepare for your final expedition. The practice expeditions should be at minimum, three-days and two-nights long.
In addition to the Queen’s Scout Award challenges above, you need to undertake a residential. This should last for five-days and four-nights. This should be in an environment that is unfamiliar to you. The project should be related to environmental work, project-based, and provide a service or training to other people. It is permitted to break this down into two shorter residentials such as the events organised by Hampshire Scouts Expeditions (HSX).
Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members who do not already hold the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards must additionally complete an extra six months of activity. Please refer to the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award and the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award for additional information about the additional activities.
Before you embark on your expedition, you should, as described, complete a practice expedition. The training and practice that you do should include the following:
- First aid and emergency procedures (First Response as a minimum)
- Risk assessment and health and safety
- Navigation and route planning
- Camp craft, equipment, and hygiene
- Food and cooking
- Country, highway, and watersports codes of conduct
- Observation, recording, and presentation skills
- Team building
- Proficiency in various modes of transport
Once you have completed all aspects of your award programme, you must produce and deliver a presentation on it. The aim of the presentation should be to motivate other Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members to get involved in the Queen’s Scout Award themselves.
Each requirement of the Queen’s Scout Award must be signed-off by an assessor. The assessor must be somebody who can confirm that you have completed the requirements to a satisfactory level and this is often your Explorer Scout Leader or a District Scout Network Commissioner.