Queen’s Scout Award

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Members of The Scout Association aged 16 – 25.


The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest youth award that can be achieved by young people within The Scout Association and is endorsed by HM The Queen. Participants spend time in new places, meet new people, and learn new skills. Young people gain a number of skills, including communication, organisation, and teamwork.

The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award and the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award can be completed prior to the Queen’s Scout Award as a progression towards this top award. These awards follow a very similar structure with requirements becoming progressively more challenging towards achieving the Queens Scout Award.

Education context

The Scout Association is the UK's largest mixed youth organisation. They offer 6 – 25 year olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure, and the chance to help others so that young people are able to make a positive impact in communities.

Awarding providers
  • The Scout Association

 The Queen’s Scout Award is made up of a number of challenges including:

  • Nights away experiences
  • A selection of activities on the themes of international, environmental, and values
  • Challenges
    • Skill
    • Physical activity
    • Volunteering
    • Expedition
    • Residential

Young people who have completed their Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards can use this to meet a large number of the requirements for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, and Queen’s Scout Award.

Subject areas

Queen’s Scout Award

To gain the Queen’s Scout Award members must complete all of the following requirements before their 25th birthday:

  • Membership – Be aged between 16 and 25 years old, and a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network (or both) for at least 18 months.
  • Nights away – Complete 18 nights away with scouting, of which 12 must be camping.
  • International, Environment and Values – Complete six activities, two from each topic area on the International, Environment, and Values List.
  • Challenges - Complete the five Queen’s Scout Award challenges or hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).
    • Skill – Take up a skill for six or 12* months, and show progress and lasting interest
    • Physical Activity – Take up a physical activity for six or 12 months
    • Service – Provide service to an individual or the community for 12 months.
    • Expedition
      • Practice – Undertake a minimum of three days and two nights (consecutive) expedition in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat, or dinghy.
      • Final – Undertake a  four-day and three-night (consecutive) qualifying expedition with an aim in wild country, by the method used in the practice expedition.
    • Residential
      • Undertake a five-day and four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment, with people who are not known to them. This project could be environmental work, activity-based, service to others, or personal training. 
  • Presentation – Make a presentation covering all elements of the award to a suitable audience, with the aim of inspiring and motivating others to achieve the award.

The Queen’s Scout Award is scouting’s top youth award, but there are two levels that can be achieved prior to gaining the top award.

The three levels are:

  • Chief Scout’s Platinum Award
  • Chief Scout’s Diamond Award
  • Queen’s Scout Award

Each level increases in the time, commitment, and the number of activities that need to be completed.

Young people can start working towards the Chief Scout’s Awards once they join the Explorer Scout section (14 – 18 year olds). To take part in the Queen’s Scout Award participants can register once they have reached the age of 16. The Chief Scout’s Awards and Queen’s Scout Award must be completed before the participant’s 25th birthday.


All areas of the award must be assessed and signed off by relevant local volunteers. The award is presented on completion of the requirements.


Assessor sign off

Each section of the participant’s award is signed off by an assessor. It’s very likely that one participant will have a number of different assessors, for the different sections they are working on. Assessors should be people who have particular skills, experience, or qualifications in the area that the young person has chosen to complete. They don’t need to be members of scouting. Examples include a tennis coach, driving instructor, teacher, or volunteer manager.

Assessors should:

  • ensure that they understand the participant’s challenge and action plan for the section they are signing off
  • be satisfied that the young person has met the requirements for the section they are signing off

Volunteer manager sign off

Once the participant has completed their award and all sections are signed off by an assessor, the relevant volunteer manager signs the certificate request form to confirm that they are happy to award the Queen’s Scout Award

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

All components must be achieved to complete the award.

Programme size

 Queen’s Scout Award – minimum time commitment is 18 months

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award – minimum time commitment is 12 months 

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award – minimum time commitment is six months

Key issues for UK HE admissions

Young people undertaking the awards develop a number of transferable skills, including:

  • Teamwork skills
  • Time management
  • Money management
  • Leadership skills
  • Self- motivation
  • Confidence to challenge and make decisions
  • Cultural awareness
  • Ability to plan 
  • Communication skills 
Timing of assessments and results

The Queen’s Scout Award must be started no earlier than the participant's 16th birthday and completed before their 25th birthday.

Qualification dates notes

This award is current.

Certification information

Certificates are presented at a suitable occasion by the local volunteer manager.

Progression information

Not applicable

Further information

Further information can be found at http://members.scouts.org.uk/qsa