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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

posted 22 Aug 2013, 04:39 by Sam Scott


Like Scouting, but looking for a challenge and a chance to learn some new skills?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award gives you a chance to do all this, achieving personal goals and working as a team.

The award has 3 levels, bronze, silver and gold. Each has similar requirements, but a progressive level of skill and dedication. The Chief Scout's Platinum Award, the Chief Scout's Diamond Award and the Queen's Scout Award have similar requirements and can be completed alongside The Duke of Edinburgh scheme. You can complete any of these awards until your 25th birthday.

As well as being a great adventure, many employers highly regard the award and can give you the edge when looking for work in the future - a very worthwhile attribute to have on your CV
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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award website - www.dofe.org 

Queen's Scout Award

posted 22 Aug 2013, 04:38 by Sam Scott

The Queen's Scout Award is the top award in Scouting. The requirements are similar to that of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award and both can be completed together provided you have been registered and assessed in accordance with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award requirements.


Requirements

To gain this Award the following requirements must be completed:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 18 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum or Diamond Awards.

  • Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which 12 must be camping. This may include any nights counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum or Diamond Awards.

  • Complete two activities from the list of International, Environment and Values activities. These should be different activities from the Chief Scout's Platinum and Diamond Awards and not from the same area.

  • Hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or complete the five Queen's Scout Award Challenges, which are:

    • 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

    • take up a Physical Activity for 6 or 12 months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement

    • 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 many include helping with another Section as a Young Leader

    • complete a four day and three night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review

    • complete a five day and four night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known. This project should be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training

  • following completion of the first four elements of the Award make a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements so far in working towards the Queen's Scout Award.

All Members should complete twelve months in either the Physical Activity or the Skill

Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network who are not holders of the Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award or the Chief Scout's Diamond Award must complete an extra six months in either the Service or the longer of the Skills or Physical Recreation Challenge.

The Explorer Belt

posted 22 Aug 2013, 04:37 by Sam Scott

 

The Explorer Belt is an international challenge for Explorers over 16 years old and members of the Scout Network.

The belt involves undertaking an international expedition of at least 10 days to find out about another county, its people and culture. Whilst there you complete a main project pre-agreed before leaving and a series of short mini projects which may be surprise projects set just before you leave.



Requirements

  • plan and train for an international expedition as part of a small team
  • travel to another country of their choice and travel through that country over ten days
  • complete a major project of their own choice
  • complete around ten smaller projects
  • keep a notebook or diary during the expedition
  • take part in a debriefing after the expedition
  • make a presentation about the expedition.

Explorer Belt Expeditions should be overseen by a local District sponsor and the County Awards Co-ordinator to help guide your preparations and validate the completition of the award.

More information about the Explorer Belt can be found at:
http://www2.scouts.org.uk/explorers/resources/ExplorerBelt.htm

Chief Scout's Diamond Award

posted 22 Aug 2013, 04:34 by Sam Scott

                       

Diamond Award Requirements

To gain this Award the following requirements must be completed:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 12 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum Award.
  • Complete 12 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which eight must be camping. This may include the nights counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum Award.

  • Complete two activities from the list of International, Environment and Values activities. These should be different activities from the Chief Scout's Platinum Award and not from the same area.

  • Hold the Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or complete the four Diamond Challenges, which are:

    • take up a Skill for three or six months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.

    • take up a Physical Activity for three or six months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement.

    • provide Service to an individual or the community for six months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This many include helping with another Section as a Young Leader.

    • complete a three day and two night expedition in rural or open country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.

All Members should complete six months in either the Physical Activity or the Skill.

Members who have not completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award or the Chief Scout's Platinum Award must undertake an extra six months in either the Service Challenge or the longer of the Skills or Physical Recreation Challenge.

Platinum Award

posted 22 Aug 2013, 04:32 by Sam Scott

Platinum Award Requirements

To gain this Award the following requirements must be completed:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least six months.

  • Complete six nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network of which four must be camping.

  • Complete two activities from the International, Environment and Values list. The two activities should come from different areas.

  • Hold the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or complete the four Platinum Scout Challenges, which are:

    • take up a Skill for three months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.

    • take up a Physical Activity for three months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement.

    • provide Service to an individual or the community for three months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This can include helping with another Section as a Young Leader.

    • complete a two day and one night expedition in rural country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.

Members must undertake an extra three months in any of the Skills, Physical Recreation or Service Challenges.

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