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Queen’s Scout Award

Queen’s Scout Award

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest achievable award by a youth member of the Scout Association. Recipients of the award are invited to join the St George’s Day service at Windsor Castle. The requirements are listed below or avaliable on

There is no formal requirement to register with HQ – but we have a County process to register so we can ensure that you recieve full support to complete your award.

Please click here to register your QSA application

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

Each requirement needs to be signed off by an assessor, this is someone who can vouch for the activities you have undertaken and provide some basic evidence (a short statement) about your participation. This is often your Explorer Leader or your District Scout Network Commissioner. However, it can be anyone who has witnessed the activities you have taken part in. Then, a meeting with the County QSA Mentor to verify all the information and then the County will submit to HQ for your award. If you don’t follow this part of the process we cant help you with any of the adminstration or any issues you may have!

Your QSA log book needs to be submitted to claim your QSA and MUST be signed off by either ACC Explorers, ACC Network or the County Commissioner.

A copy of The Scouts QSA Logbook can be found here.

Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer or Network member, of which at least 12 must be camping. These must be different from those used in the five challenges or ICV list activities. They can be counted from the CS Platinum and Diamond Awards as well as Young Leader and Leader (Network) events.

Complete six activities in total, two from each topic area of the ICV activities list. Click here to view the ICV list for the QSA. A minimum of two must be from the QSA ICV list and the others from any of the QSA, or Chief Scout Platinum or Diamond ICV lists. You only have to do two activities if you’ve done your CS Diamond and four if you’ve done your CS Platinum.

Complete the five Queen’s Scout Award challenges or hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). The five challenges are: Skill, Service, Physical, Expedition and Residential.

The Challenges:
•    Skill
Take up a skill for six 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 six 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
Undertake training, a practice expedition and a four day, three night self-led
final expedition (including a project).

You should undertake training (to show you are ready to do your expedition, a practice expedition and then the final expedition).


Before you undertake any expedition you should demonstrate that you are competent in the following areas:

  • First aid (covering First Response as a minimum) 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 three-day, two-night (consecutive) self-led expedition in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

Undertake a four-day, three-night (consecutive) self led expedition with an aim. The expedition should be completed in wild country by the same method used in your practice. Expeditions should have a minimum of eight hours of activity per day, of  which  at  least half must  be  journeying.  The  final  expedition  must  be  a  different  area  to the  practice  with  similar  conditions and ideally with the same team of people.

•    Residential
Undertake a five-day, four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people that are unknown to you. This project could be environmental work, project based, service to others or personal training.

In exceptional circumstances this can be done over two consecutive  weekends as long as the activity is the same and the majority of  people are 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 the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award or Silver DofE must complete an extra six months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical activity challenges.

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls