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Top Awards at Home

Top Awards at Home

Latest News – 6th July 2020

If you are working towards your DofE or Chief Scout’s awards, you may have many questions about how to continue with them whilst face to face Scouting is suspended.  Here are few of the most commonly asked questions and some links to help you further.

Can Nights Away @Home count towards my awards or badges?

Nights Away Staged Activity badge – All nights spent taking part in an organised Scouting activity can count. (e.g. April Camp@Home, Virtual CuBe, planned evening with groups)

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award – You can count 1 Night Away @Home towards your award.  This 1 night cannot be used subsequently for your Queens Scout Award.

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award – You can count 2 Nights Away @Home towards your award.  These 2 nights cannot be used subsequently for your Queens Scout Award.

Queen’s Scout Award – NO Nights Away @Home can count towards your award.  Any nights away on your Completion form, dated whilst face to face Scouting is suspended, will not be accepted.

 

I will be 25 before I can rearrange my expedition or residential, can I finish my award?

UK Scouting and DofE have said that no-one will miss out on their Top Awards because of Coronavirus Lockdown.  If you had an expedition or Residential booked this summer, or there is another activity that you cannot complete, please let your Network Commissioner or District Commissioner know.  Please also send an email to awards@cheshirescouts.org.uk so that we can help support you once face to face Scouting resumes.  An extension of up to 1 year can be granted so that you can complete your award.

 

I cannot carry on with my chosen activity for Volunteering, Skill or Physical, can I change it?

Yes.  If you are doing your Chief Scout’s Award then let your Explorer Leader or Network Commissioner know.

If you are doing your DofE award, you can submit your proposed changes via eDofE.  Please wait until they are approved before continuing.

There are many suggestions for activities you can do from home on DofE, Cheshire and UK Scouting websites.

If you change to do an activity that is home based you need to ensure, once it is approved, that you keep an activity log and take photographs.  You can ask your Explorer leader to be your assessor so they will need this evidence to approve the section.

 

Expeditions

DofE and Chief Scout’s Award expeditions cannot take place whilst face to face scouting is suspended.

The DofE is working on some ideas to offer options for adapting expeditions and will outline these when the government guidelines allow it.

Now is a good time to plan, test meals at home, practice map reading, think about your aim.

 

 

I’ve done everything apart from my expedition, what can I do now?

Bronze/Platinum: Sign up and start doing the Volunteering, Skill and Physical sections for Silver/Diamond.  When expeditions can start again you can use your Silver practice expedition as your Bronze qualifying to achieve your Bronze Award.

If you are doing DofE you will receive a 2020 Certificate of Achievement for the 3 completed sections.  You will receive your full Bronze DofE certificate once your expedition is approved.

Silver/Diamond:  As long as you are 16, sign up and start doing the Volunteering, Skill and Physical sections for Gold/QSA.

Don’t start any of your Gold/QSA expedition training until your have completed your Silver/Diamond practice and qualifying expedition.

If you are doing DofE you will receive a 2020 Certificate of Achievement for the 3 completed sections.  You will receive your full Silver DofE certificate once your expedition is approved.

Gold: Unfortunately you will have to wait for face to face scouting to resume in order to complete your award.

 

Useful Links

The DofE have announced a number of temporary changes designed to help progression at this time.  Details are here :

Programme changes

DofE with a Difference

Achievement for all

 

UK Scouting

Adapting the programme 

Nights Away

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