Scouts of the World Award

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Members of The Scout Association in the Scout Network Section aged 18 – 25 years.


The purpose of the Scouts of the World Award is to support and develop young people to take action on an issue that they care about, and make a difference in their local and international communities.

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 awarding provider is The Scout Association in partnership with the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

To gain this award participants must:

  • be aged 18 – 25 and a member of the Scout Network section of The Scout Association
  • attend a residential Scouts of the World Discovery, lasting a minimum of four days, based on one or more of the three themes: environment, sustainability, and peace
  • with the support of a mentor, plan a voluntary service project based on the theme explored on the Discovery residential
  • undertake voluntary service, either in the UK or abroad, lasting a minimum of 14 days
  • meet with their mentor and report on what they have achieved during their Scouts of the World voluntary service, including feedback from the community which benefited from their project
  • present their report to other young adults in scouting
Subject areas

The Scouts of the World Award consists of three main areas:

  1. Discovery (21hrs). Young people attend a weekend in which they are given training in project management, dealing with conflict, difficult situations, communications, and teamwork to ensure young people have the skills to deliver their project. The project should be based on one or more of the three themes: environment, sustainability, and peace. 
  2. Project (80hrs). With support from a mentor, the young people, alone or in groups, undertake a planned project within one of the three themes to make an impact in their community for a minimum of 80hrs.
  3. Evaluation (4hrs). The young people evaluate their experience, what they have gained, but also how they have made a difference in their community.

The Scouts of the World Award is one of the top awards in scouting that young people can achieve as part of the Scout Network Section (18 – 25 year olds)


Each young adult is assigned a mentor who supports them in the delivery of their award. Upon completion of the requirements for the award the mentor will recommend that it is signed off by the local volunteer manager. 

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

All components must be completed to achieve the award.

Programme size

Total 105 hours which takes an average of 12 – 18 months to complete.

Key issues for UK HE admissions

Young adults involved in the Scouts of the World Award gain a number of personal development skills including teamwork, time management, skills of leading, project management, communication, self-motivation, personal commitment and awareness of other cultures, and challenges in the wider local and international communities.

Timing of assessments and results

The Scouts of the World Award must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

Qualification dates notes

This award is current.

Certification information

The certificate is awarded by relevant local volunteer line manager and issued nationally along with a uniform badge.

Progression information

Not applicable

Further information

Further information can be found at