What are the top awards in Scouting?

Available at every level, for those that do their very best, each Scout can work towards their top awards.

We support every single one of our young people, in every section, in helping them achieve the top awards available in Scouting. As part of our Quality and Balanced programme at Group level, each young person will be given the opportunity to earn their Chief Scout’s awards, and those in Explorers and Network will have the opportunity to go even further.

Chief Scout’s Awards

Available in all sections, from Squirrels (with the very cute Chief Scout’s Acorn award), through Beavers (Bronze), Cubs (Silver), Scouts (Gold) and Explorers and Network (Diamond and Platinum), the Chief Scout’s Award is the very top award that each Scout can earn in their section.

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an awards programme which gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment, and Scouts in Warwick can work towards their DofE awards with events and expeditions that are planned by our amazing volunteers in the district.

Find out more with our latest updates in our dedicated Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Warwick District.

Queen’s Scout Award

The very top award in Scouting, the Queen’s Scout Award is the pinnacle of achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members and comprises of a variety of activities to complete. The Queen’s Scout Award (QSA) is linked closely to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and it is worth working on both awards together at the same time.

To gain the award you must complete all of the following requirements before your 25th birthday. Speak to your Explorer Scout Leader for more information.

Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a ten day expedition that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life. Participants will undertake a 10-day expedition as part of a team outside of the UK with a minimum travelling time of 50 hours over the 10 days, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

Your expedition, project work, and presentation will be assessed by an assessment panel including your mentor to determine if you have successfully achieved your Explorer Belt. Final sign off of the award is the responsibility of the County Commissioner, and those who complete the award will receive a special Explorer Belt, certificate and badge.

Speak to your Explorer Scout Leader for more information.

Scouts of the World Award

The Scouts of the World Award (SOWA) is an award that gives Scout Network members aged 18-25 the chance to undertake a project of their choice within the themes of Peace, Environment and Sustainability and take action on their chosen issue, developing skills and knowledge that will empower them to undertake a project that will make a sustainable impact on a local, national or international community, while developing their personal skills.

You’ll learn skills including independence, team work, project planning, time management and communication skills, while gaining an understanding for global issues and international relations. You don’t have to go abroad to complete your Scouts of the World Award. Local and national projects are acceptable, as long as all requirements of the award are being met.