Badge Support | Chief Scout’s Award

CSA Blog

The Chief Scout’s Award offers young people the chance to really challenge themselves during their time in Scouting and as they progress through each section. 

These awards provide a great opportunity for young people to develop skills for the future, and the awards are worn proudly on the Scout uniform by all who achieve them.


Chief Scout’s Bronze Award

Beavers achieve their award by completing the six Beaver Challenge Awards, plus any four other Activity Badges or Staged Activity Badges.

A Million Hands projects that provide a service to the community offer Beavers a great opportunity to work towards their My World Challenge Award. For contacts and prepared activities for your section, register for a particular issue and download the resource pack. Turn to page 32 of the Dementia resource pack to find out how to become Dementia Friends with Alzheimer’s Society.

Chief Scout’s Silver Award

Cubs achieve their award by completing the seven Cub Challenge Awards, plus any six other Activity Badges or Staged Activity Badges.

Adopting a stretch of local canal, and helping to make it accessible to people with disabilities, is one way that your Cubs could work towards their Our World and Teamwork Challenge Awards. Register and download the clean water and sanitation resource pack on the A Million Hands website here.

Chief Scout’s Gold Award

Scouts achieve their award by completing the nine Scout Challenge Awards, plus any six other Activity Badges or Staged Activity Badges.

For the Team Leader Challenge Award, our Taking the Lead resource provides some great guidance for young people in developing their leadership skills.

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award

This award offers Explorers the chance to develop skills for the future. These skills – including teamwork, leadership and determination - are highly desirable to employers and could help them get ahead in the world. The Get Ahead: Scouting and Employability resource helps young people to identify the skills they have gained and how they can use these.

Explorers can combine their efforts and work towards this award alongside the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, which accounts for the four Platinum Challenges.

All the experience your Explorers have gained from doing these awards will massively benefit them in progressing along the path of gaining an Adventurous Activity Permit. They will definitely have more knowledge than you realise. This leaflet can be distributed to your Explorers to encourage them to become an activity instructor or show them this animation which will bring all this to life. 

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award

This award is open to Explorers and Network members.  Network members looking for projects or ideas to contribute towards their CSA challenges or IEV list, can use the new Scout Network website. See what is going on both in your area and across the UK that Network members can get involved with. 

Remember, if Explorers or Network members have achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, they can use this in place of the four Diamond Challenges, towards their Chief Scout’s Diamond Award.

Holders of any Chief Scout’s Award can use their experience to go on and work towards their Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award for youth members in Scouting.  


Things to remember:

  • Challenge Awards should be difficult but achievable with effort and commitment. Requirements can be adjusted where needed, to ensure that each young person faces a similar level of challenge.
  • If a young person does not quite finish the requirements of their award before they move up to the next Section of Scouting, they may work towards it in their first term.
  •  Although achieving one Award can help you towards the next Award, young people in any section can work towards a Chief’s Scout Award, regardless of whether they have achieved one before.


Take a look at some of our other great blogs for more inspiration:

-       Personal Challenge Award badge blog

-       Nights Away Staged Activity badge blog

-       Five great Scout Network project ideas

-       Five tips for completing your Duke of Edinburgh Award

-       Ten reasons to achieve top awards in Scouting

Back to articles list

Most read