New Youth Approved Award

New Youth Approved Award

06 February 2017

We are proud to launch a new Youth Approved Award scheme to encourage and celebrate youth involvement at all levels of Scouting in Scotland.

We all know how important youth involvement is to ensure that our youth members are getting the very best experiences from Scouting. The Youth Approved Award has been designed to support adults at all levels to provide meaningful youth involvement to Scouts in Scotland.

The Award will help you benchmark your achievements, identify any areas for improvement and celebrate the great work you are already doing.

“The Youth Approved Award was created by young people in partnership with adults and will help every section, group, district, and region become truly 'Youth Shaped' by completing the activities. I am really excited by this award and I hope it helps leaders across Scotland extract young people’s full potential!” said Patrick West, SHQ Commissioner (Youth Involvement).

How it works

The Youth Approved Award has four different levels: Foundation, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Each level is progressive, so when you complete the requirements for Foundation Level, you move on to Bronze, and so on. Once you have completed your Gold Award, you will have successfully created a Scouting experience that is shaped by young people in partnership with adults – helping us achieve our overall vision for Scouting at a national level.

Getting started

Our Foundation Award is ready to sign up to. To achieve Foundation level, we are asking you to complete three challenges. The next step is the Bronze Award, which you can earn by meeting a further six requirements.

The challenges have been chosen by young people and are tailored to each level of Scouting and to different themes, such as programme and activities, peer leadership, or training. You will probably find that many of the requirements are things you already do in your day-to-day Scouting.

We will launch the Silver and Gold awards later in the year. 

Award assessment

Young people are responsible for the assessment of Youth Approved Awards and this will be done through our various Youth Advisory Groups although interim arrangements will apply where these have not yet been set up. 

Assessments for the Bronze Award will begin in September but you can apply sooner if you've already met the requirements. 

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