Kris explains what it was like to collect his Queen’s Scout Award and what he did to achieve the highest youth award in Scouting.
One of the best things about this presentation was hearing about how the Scouts and Explorer Scouts achieved their awards. I was really impressed with hearing these stories and it made me think about my achievements when I was their age. Weird as it may be, I gained a lot of my Scout awards when we wore dark green scout shirts, black trousers, and carried around handbooks the size of reading folders. In those days the scout awards were recognised but never really celebrated – well at least within the Scout groups I was in at the time.
Nowdays we really do take the time to applaude our young people in achieving Chief Scouts Awards. In my opinion this is a very good thing!
It took me 4 years to gain my award. Why so long? Well this is because I am an active volunteer within Scouting. I had actually completed my award whilst doing various projects.
So what are the requirements?
To gain this Award the following requirements must be completed:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 18 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards.
- Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which 12 must be camping. This may include any nights counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards.
- Complete two activities from the list of International, Environment and Values activities. These should be different activities from the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards and not from the same area.
- Hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or complete the five Queen’s Scout Award Challenges, which are:
- take up a Skill for 6 or 12 months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new
- take up a Physical Activity for 6 or 12 months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement
- provide Service to an individual or the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This many include helping with another Section as a Young Leader
- complete a four day and three night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review
complete a five day and four night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known. This project should be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training
- Following completion of the first four elements of the Award make a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements so far in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.
All Members should complete twelve months in either the Physical Activity or the Skill. Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network who are not holders of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award or the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award must complete an extra six months in either the Service or the longer of the Skills or Physical Recreation Challenge.
To find out more about how to complete the Queen’s Scout Award, go to: http://www.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=8,194,347