The Queen's Scout Award is the top award
in Scouting. The great news is that it has been carefully aligned
with the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award so with some careful planning
you can easily get both awards at once.
To gain the Queen's Scout Award you must complete the
Register your interest in achieving your Queen's Scout award here. You can do
this once you have turned 16. You can only count activities towards
your QSA after you have registered, so do it as soon as possible
after your 16th birthday!
Be aged between 16 and 25 years old and have been a member of
Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network (or both) for at least 18
months. This can include time counted towards the Chief Scout's
Platinum or Diamond Awards. Be a member of Explorer Scouts or
Scout Network at the time you complete the award.
Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the
Scout Network, of which 12 must be camping. This can include nights
away counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum and Diamond Awards as
long as they were after your 16th birthday.
International, Environmental, Values List
Complete six activities, two from each topic area.
Click here to view 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.
- Hold a Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award OR
- Complete the 5 Queen's Scout Award Challenges
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.
2. Physical activity
Take up a physical activity for 6 or 12* months, completing an
agreed programme by taking part and achieving your objectives.
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 may include helping with another section of
the movement as an Explorer Scout Young Leader or adult
Show that you are competent in the following areas:
- First aid and emergency procedures
- Risk assessment/health and safety
- Navigation and route planning
- Camp craft, equipment and hygiene
- Food and cooking
- Country, highway and water sports codes
- Observation, recording and presentation
- Team building
- Proficiency in mode of travel
Undertake a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights (consecutive)
expedition in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or
Undertake a 4-day and 3-night (consecutive) qualifying expedition
with an aim in wild country by the method used in your
Undertake a 5 day and 4 night residential project in an
unfamiliar environment with people who are not known to you. This
project could be environmental work, activity based, service to
others or personal training.
In exceptional circumstances, the residential can be done on 2
occasions, as long as the same activity is completed. The majority
of people must be unknown to you.
*All members should complete 12 months in either the skill or the
physical activity challenges.
Award participants who are not holders of a Chief Scout's Diamond
Award or Silver DofE must complete an extra 6 months in either the
service or the longer of the skills or physical recreation
Make a presentation covering all elements of your award to a
suitable audience, with the aim of inspiring and motivating others
to achieve the award. The presentation should be the final activity
Once you have completed all of the above requirements, your
commissioner needs to approve the award.
Approval by the mentor or person signing off the award should be
given prior to each element being undertaken. If you are unsure
about whether an activity is appropriate, ask the commissioner who
will sign off your award as completed.
Camping also includes other outdoor shelters, such as bivouacs
and snow holes, often used in scouting activities.
Nights away achieved through activities as part of the QSA or
Chief Scout's Awards including the practice and final expedition,
residential experience or anything else achieved in completion of
an IEV requirement are excluded.
It can include any nights away undertaken as a Young Leader/Adult
volunteer with another section.
Working for more than one award at a time
An award does not have to be completed before activities can
count for the next award. For example, if you have completed the
expedition element of your Chief Scout's Diamond Award but not the
rest of the award, you can begin the expedition section of the
Queen's Scout Award as long as you are over the age of 16 and have
registered for the Queen's Scout Award.
The minimum time requirements for each section are expressed in
months, during which you need to undertake a regular commitment
averaging at least an hour a week.
Taking a break or changing activities
If you want to change activities during an award, this is
possible, although on one occasion only. It is also possible to
take a break from an activity and then to restart from where you
stopped. This could happen during a period of school, college
or university exams.
Making the Award Accessible
The Queen's Scout Award is based on personal best effort
rather than fixed standards, and should be available to all members
of Explorer Scouts and the Scout Network. This may mean that for
some individuals, the requirements of the award need to be adapted
to ensure that they face the same degree of challenge as other
Where additional needs have to be taken into account, it is
acceptable to adjust some of the activities to make them more
accessible. You should work with your mentor to discuss any
adaptations, and make sure that any adaptations have been approved
by the commissioner who will sign off your award. As every set of
individual circumstances will be different, it is left to the
discretion of the relevant commissioner to make any adaptations to
the activities, including the expedition requirement.
For more information on how to include someone with
additional needs in Scouting, visit scouts.org.uk/diversity. There
is lots of information, including the factsheet Successfully
Including Scouts with Special Needs (FS250061). You can also
with specific queries.
Support Material for the Queen's Scout Award
Scout Working Party website
The Adventure Begins - how the Chief
Scout Awards and DofE Awards are aligned