Badge Support| Queen's Scout Award
In light of the Day of Celebration and Achievement at Windsor Castle, which took place on Sunday 24th April, we’ve put together a guide to help young people achieve their Queen’s Scout Award (QSA).
16-25-year-olds in Scouting have the chance to accomplish their Queen’s Scout Award. Attaining your QSA is an incredible achievement! Not only is it a life-changing experience, but you will embark on an adventure of a lifetime, have the opportunity to develop skills, make new friends and travel to different countries. Completing your QSA is your opportunity to discover yourself as well as make an impact in your local and international community.
In order to start your QSA journey, you need to:
- Be aged between 16 and 25 years old.
- Register online at scouts.org.uk/QSA. You need to register online in order for any activities to you are working on to count towards the award. Activities can be backdated for up to three months before registering.
The requirements for completing the award are:
- Be a member of Explorers or Network for at least 18 months when you complete the award.
- Complete 18 nights away. Nights achieved as part of International, Enviromental and Values requirements (IEV), or QSA expeditions do not count.
- Hold the Gold DofE or complete the five QSA challenges.
- Complete six activities from the IEV list. If you have the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award you only need to complete four activities, and if you have the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award you only need to complete two. These should be different from the ones already completed for the other awards.
There is a lot to do in order to earn your award, but it doesn’t need to be a daunting task. We’ve taken activities from each area of the IEV list and given you some ideas on how to achieve them.
1. The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a 10 day expedition that brings you a real understanding of a different country and its culture. You will travel through your chosen country, working as part of a small team to complete a series of projects, an experience and an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life. Visit the website to register to the Explorer Belt.
2. You can also do international activities at home. Shape your Scouting by planning six evening programmes for your Unit or Scout Network projects around an international theme. This DIY corkboard world map is a great activity for you and the rest of your Unit to get stuck into.
Use this activity to inspire the rest of your five sessions. If you choose to create a map of one country, why not try these activities as well:
- Host a party in the theme of that culture.
- Host a quiz night where all the questions are about this country.
- Ask friends and family members if they know of someone who has lived outside of the UK and invite them to do a show and tell of what it was like growing up in their place of birth.
3. There are lots of fun and simple environmental activities out there for you to organise for other sections. Here are some clean water and sanitation activities to get things started.
4. You can teach younger Scouts about different types of habitats by building them yourself. This bug farm building is a great activity for everyone to take part in.
5. If you’re a Young Leader for a Beaver Colony or Cub Pack, these Earth Day activities are sure to go down well.
6. Practice your public speaking skills and deliver a presentation to your Unit or Scout Network about a current social issue. A great way to research social issues is by looking at news stories in your local or national papers and their websites. What are the news sources talking about?
Here are five current social issues to get you started:
- Refugee crisis.
- Human trafficking.
- Clean water and sanitation.
- Mental health.
- Food waste and management.
7. Examining a different faith or belief is a fantastic way to learn about other people’s values. There are numerous ways you can do this, here are a couple of ideas:
- Interview friends who have different faiths and beliefs, ask them how and what they share with each other from their faiths?
- Visit different places of worship and keep a journal about your experience there.
- Look into the historical context of a faith or a belief and run a workshop within your Unit about the historical treasures you uncovered.
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