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Top Awards

The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, and Queen’s Scout Award should form the culmination of everything that you do as a young person in Scouting. To achieve these awards you will need to commit to developing and challenging yourself in many new ways. You will spend time in new places, meet new people and develop your communication, organisational and teamwork skills.

Gaining each of the awards should be an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life and is also recognised by many educational establishments and potential employers. These awards also link closely to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and you might like to take advantage of doing these awards at the same time.

Overview of the awards

Through each of these awards you get to choose how you will complete the requirements based on your skills, interests and talents. Personal commitment, determination, self-discipline and effort are required, which must be sustained over at least 6, 12 or 18 months (depending on the award level and requirements). With today’s ever busier lifestyles, completing the awards is an even greater achievement, helping you stand out and warranting celebration of your personal best. The awards are based on personal best and should be accessible to all members of the Explorer Scout and Scout Network sections. You should find your award, at whichever level, to be challenging, relevant, and rewarding.

Around 500 young people in the UK achieve their Queen’s Scout Award every year. These award holders are invited to ‘a day of celebration and achievement’ at Windsor Castle to mark their achievements.