10 Reasons To Achieve Top Awards

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The Scout Network Programme encourages you to achieve your top awards and experience amazing adventures.

Receiving a top award is a fantastic achievement and shows you’re committed to learning new skills and developing your character. When applying for work, your awards are great talking points that help you demonstrate your experience and skills.

Here are the different awards you can achieve and 10 reasons why you should.

 The awards

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award

The Chief Scout's Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout's Awards, and the final step before the Queen's Scout Award.

Scouts of the World Award (SOWA)

SOWA will develop your understanding of peace, the environment and sustainability and will empower you to undertake a project to make an impact on the global community. This award is only available to Scout Network members.   

Explorer Belt

Take part in a 10-day expedition and in one major project outside the UK. Complete the award with a team of peers who you can share the experience with.

Queen’s Scout Award (QSA)

The Queen’s Scout Award is a fantastic achievement and the highest youth award achievable in Scouting in several countries. Young adults do the most amazing feats and complete tough challenges to achieve the QSA.

Why you should achieve an award

1. Help change the world

You can help make a difference in communities across the UK and around the world by volunteering your time and starting community projects.   

2. Spend time with like-minded young adults

While completing your awards, you'll meet loads more Scouting members and could make friends for life.

3. Develop project management skills

Employers value project management skills because they're essential to getting tasks done. Each one of the awards will require you to plan a project, so you'll have plenty of experience to refer to in job interviews.

Take a look at the Get Ahead resource for more advice on employability. 

4. Take on adventurous challenges

Step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a new,exciting world of discovery.

5. Discover and learn about global social issues

Expand your knowledge of what is happening in the world and on your doorstep. Come up with your own ideas on how to tackle those issues.

6. Learn new skills from specialist experts

Along your journey you'll have support to help you get the most out of the experience.

7. Take an active role in a team

Each of these awards require you to work as part of a team, helping you to develop strong teamwork skills.

8. Get fit and active

The awards encourage you to take up new sports meaning you'll soon live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

9. Take up a leadership role

Within the teams you'll be working with, there will be opportunities for you to step up and take on a leadership role. Acquiring leadership skills is great for career progression.

10. Develop your existing skills

Not only will you be learning new skills, but you'll also be developing the ones you already have. 

Bonus reason!

Find purpose and develop your character

After completing your award you won’t be the same person as you were when you started on your journey. All the experiences you will have had will leave a positive impact on your life and shape who you are as a person.


How to register

Get started on achieving your top awards today! To get started on your QSA, SOWA and Explorer Belt you will need to register. All information on how to register can be found here.

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