Queen’s Scout Award


These requirements apply to anyone starting working towards their Queen’s Scout Award from 1 January 2014, and anyone who will complete their Award after 1 September 2015.

A comparison table showing the old and new requirements for the award can be found here.

To gain the award you must complete all of the following requirements 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).


Award participants must:
• Be aged between 16 and 25 years old
• Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network (or both) for at least 18 months
• Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network at the time you complete the award


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


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.


Complete the five Queen’s Scout Award challenges or hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
•    Skill
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.

•    Service
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.

•    Expedition
Training framework:
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 dinghy.

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

•    Residential
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 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.

Click on link to down load form for arranging your interview to sign of your Queen Scout Award.  Once the form is complete please email to

Sarah Jamison – ACC Programme 14 to 25

explorers@countydownscouts.org.uk or network@countydownscouts.org.uk



Once you have completed all of the above requirements, your County Commissioner needs to approve the award.


It is strongly recommended that you read the available support materials before starting to work towards your award to make sure you fully understand what you need to do.  The materials provide more advice and guidance on the award requirements, as well as some ideas for what you could do to meet them.
Support Material for the Queen’s Scout 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 also includes any nights away undertaken as a Young Leader/Adult volunteer with another section.

In order to meet the membership requirement for this award you must be an Explorer Scout or Scout Network member at the time that you register for the award, for at least 18 months from this date, and at the time you complete the award.
Ideally you should be a member throughout the period from registration to completion of the award. However, it is accepted that you may take a break from working towards the award (for example if moving to go to university) and restart it at a later date. In this circumstance you could also have a break in your membership (but any activities undertaken during this time cannot count towards your award).
It is important to note that the completion of the award is defined as the time the final requirement (the presentation) is signed off. If you are aged 18 or over on this date you must be a Network member, and your form must be signed off by the County Scout Network Commissioner. This is the case even if you completed the majority of the award while an Explorer Scout.

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.

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.



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