Northamptonshire County Scouts Guidance on the Registration and Recording of the Senior Scout Awards
Aimed at Participants and Section Leaders –
Author – Duke of Edinburgh Advisor - Kay Aitken
Responsible Commissioner – ACC Activities - Andy Hunt
Reviewed Annually in December
Northants County Scouts view the Senior Scout Awards as –
Chief Scouts Platinum Award
Chief Scouts Diamond Award
Queen’s Scout Award
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh
Silver Duke of Edinburgh
Gold Duke of Edinburgh
The Explorer Belt
The Queen Scouts Award and Explorer Belt are the top awards in Scouting and it is Northamptonshire Scout’s goal that every Scout in the senior sections’ should be given the opportunity to achieve these awards.
To make the awards more accessible to more young people in the Northamptonshire Scout County – we believe that clearer direction should be given on the requirement of the award and what support the County Team can offer. We have therefore issued this guidance.
The county recognises that one clear set of guidelines underpin this ambition and these guidelines have been written in collaboration between the County DofE Manager, Network Commissioner, ACC Explorers, ACC Activities and County Training Manager.
The Scout awards listed above – Chief scouts Platinum Award, Chief Scouts Diamond Award and Queen’s Scout Award are very similar in structure and content to their respective Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. It is the recommendation of the collaborative
team above, that Scouts undertaking any of the Senior Awards also register and complete the respective Duke of Edinburgh Award. The benefit to individuals in doing so is the D of E Scheme has greater national recognition especially by employers.
Registering and recording your Awards.
Whilst there is no requirement to register for the Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout Awards there is a requirement to register for Bronze and Silver DofE. It is expected that Platinum and Diamond Awards are managed locally by District DofE coordinators, Explorer Scout Leaders and Network Commissioners. Guidance on how to register and the support available for Bronze and Silver DofE can be found by clicking here.
From April 2017 – all young people in the association wishing to become a Queen Scout / DofE Gold holder or undertake the Explorer Belt will be given additional support from the Senior Award panel. They will have access to ‘Experts’ who can help an individual understand how to register for these awards along with the requirements and how to plan their awards. Each participant will have access to a mentor who can help with their plan. The Senior Awards panel will meet four times a year and can be found in the County Scouts diary held on the County Website.
Once registered each young person is expected to set out how they will achieve their award in conjunction with their mentor, the activities will then be approved by the Panel, this is a supportive mechanism to ensure the participant has a sound and robust plan which could withstand scrutiny at a later date upon completion of the award.
Assessor reports will be submitted for the following sections –
Northants network now has the ‘Online Scout management’ tool where Nights away, Membership, International, Communities and Values sections can be recorded.
On completion of all required sections the young person will need to return to the panel, who will receive the participants presentation and assess whether their objectives have been achieved. Prior to returning to
panel the participant should complete all relevant paperwork such as the Queen’s Scout Certificate form (national form) and return to the ACC Network or ACC Explorers. It is recommended that participants return to panel no less than 6 months prior to their 25th Birthday so they can complete any advised remedial actions. Each applicant will attend a Panel meeting, to present his or her Journey. The Panel will approve the relevant Award in conjunction with the relevant ACC.
The Awards Panel
The Awards panel will be chaired by the D of E County Advisor but owned by ACC Activities, The panel will consist of no less than three members who will be drawn from The Chair, ACC Network, ACC Explorer Scouts, County Commissioner, The Deputy County Commissioners and ACC Activities.
It is the vision of Northants Scouts that the mentors will be young adults who have recently been awarded a Queen’s Scout Award and/or Explorer Belt.
QSA and DofE Award Requirements –
1 – That the applicant is registered for the QSA and DofE.
2 – Membership – that the applicant has been a member of the Explorer scout or Network section for a period of 18 Months or an active member in the following roles and registered for Network –
Or Manager (to be agreed at registration)
3 – Nights Away - the applicant must demonstrate 18 nights away which registered for the Award, these can include –
Network and explorer sectional camps
Permit activity weekends - i.e. M Form
Group Section night away – i.e. camps with your section as a leader.
4 – Expeditions – It is Northants scout view that a Queen’s Scout Expedition should comply with the 20 conditions as stipulated by the DofE. Exceptions to these conditions will be viewed on an individual basis but must be approved by the QSA panel prior to any expedition taking place.
5 – The ICV sections – these must not have been previously used for lower level awards – but may include (but not limited to)
International experiences such as jamborees
Community Impact work either with your own age range section or the group you are a leader within.
Community impact projects under your own steam but with other charities.
Others agreed with your mentor prior to undertaking.
6 – Volunteering sections – include an element of training which will have been necessary to undertake your volunteering, (up to the value of one-quarter of the overall time for the section, i.e. for 12 months of volunteering – 12 hours should be training)
 The relevant ACC is dependent on the section in which the QSA is completed, i.e. for those under 18 this will be the ACC explorers and for young people 18-25 this will be the ACC Network.