Queen’s Scout Award

Queen's Scout badge

The Queen’s Scout Award is the culmination of everything that you do as a young person in Scouting. To complete the award you will need to commit to developing and challenging yourself in many new ways. You will spend time in new places, meet new people and learn new skills. You will develop your communication, organisational and teamwork skills. It is an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life and is also recognised by many educational establishments and potential employers.

While standards in the Queen’s Scout Award are very high, you get to choose how you will complete it based on your skills, interests and talents. Personal commitment, determination, self-discipline and effort are required, which must be sustained over at least 18 months. In today’s ever busier social climate, with pressures on exams, qualifications, work and apprentice schemes, this achievement is even harder than ever, and completion warrants celebration.

Around 500 young people in the UK achieve their Queen’s Scout Award every year. These special people are invited to ‘a day of celebration and achievement’ at Windsor Castle to mark their achievements.

Award Requirements

The Queen’s Scout Award requirements and supporting materials have recently been reviewed.  These requirements apply to anyone starting working towards their Queen’s Scout Award from 1st January 2014, and anyone who will complete their Award after 1st September 2015.

To gain the Queen’s Scout Award you must complete the following before your 25th birthday:


Register your intention to complete the Award here.

Activities (including the membership requirement) can count towards the award from the date of registration and back dated up to a maximum of 3 months (but not before 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 from your date of registration for the award.  You must be a member at the time you complete the award.

Nights Away

Complete 18 nights away with Scouting, of which 12 must be camping.

International, Environmental and Values

Complete six activities, two from each topic area.  Click here to view the IEV list.

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards, then these are included as part of the six activities. If you have the Chief Scout’s Platinum you should complete four activities, and if you have the Chief Scout’s Diamond, you should complete two. These should be different from the ones already completed for the other awards.


Complete the five Queen’s Scout Award challenges or hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


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.

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 volunteer.


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

Practice: Undertake a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights (consecutive) expedition or exploration in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

Final: Undertake a 4-day and 3-night (consecutive) qualifying expedition or exploration with an aim in wild country by the method used in your practice.


Undertake a 5 day and 4 night residential project in an unfamiliar environment where the majority of people 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.

* 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 challenges.


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 you complete.

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