AWARD FRAMEWORK

AWARD FRAMEWORK

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

There are ten guiding principles that underpin the philosophy of the Award.

They are designed to ensure that a young person has a meaningful and purposeful journey through their Award, as well as ensuring that the impact of achieving their Award provides a lasting personal legacy. The Award’s guiding principles are as follows:

Individual
INDIVIDUAL

Individuals design their own programme, which can be tailored to suit their personal circumstances, choices and local provision. They start at whichever level suits them best and they can take as long as they wish (within the age limit) to achieve their Award.

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BALANCED

The Award provides a balanced framework to develop the individual’s mind, body and community spirit by engaging them in four activities at Bronze and Silver levels, and five activities at Gold level.

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NON-COMPETITIVE

Doing their Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Every participant’s programme is tailor-made to reflect their individual starting point, abilities and interests.

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PROGRESSIVE

At each level, the Award demands progressively more time, commitment and responsibility from the participant.

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ACHIEVABLE

An Award is achievable by any individual who chooses to take up the challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location, with the right guidance and inspiration.

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Award inspires individuals to exceed their expectations. They are encouraged to set their own challenges and goals before starting an activity, aim for these goals and by showing improvement, will move towards achieving an Award.

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VOLUNTARY

Whilst the Award may be offered within school, college, work time, custody or extracurricular activity, individuals choose to do a programme and must commit a substantial amount of their free time to undertake their activities.

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PERSISTENCE

The Award requires persistence and cannot be completed with a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants are encouraged to continue with activities and to maintain their interest beyond their programme requirements.

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DEVELOPMENT

Participating in their Award programme fosters personal and social development. Individuals gain valuable experiences and life skills, grow in confidence and become more aware of their environment and community, transforming them in to responsible young adults.

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ENJOYABLE

Participants and Leaders should find the Award enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.

OUR AWARD LEVELS

The Award Framework is the enduring structure of the Award that has changed little since its inception in 1956. A summary of the Award Framework’s levels and sections is shown below:

Bronze Badge

BRONZE

Min. Age: 14 years

Min. Period: 6 months

Silver Badge

SILVER

Min. Age: 15 years

Min. Period: 6 months

Gold Badge

GOLD

Min. Age: 16 years

Min. Period: 12 months

AWARD SECTIONS

The Award has four sections designed to provide a balanced programme of personal development and challenge. There is also an additional requirement to complete a Gold Residential Project in order to achieve the Gold level.

To learn how to give useful voluntary service to others in their community.

Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.

To encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance.

Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance, and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical well-being.

To encourage the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills.

Enables participants to develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self-confidence and improve their employability.

To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst planning and undertaking a journey in a group.

Young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.

ONLY AT GOLD LEVEL

To broaden experience through living and working with others in a residential setting.

Participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.

To learn how to give useful voluntary service to others in their community.

Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.

To encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance.

Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance, and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical well-being.

To encourage the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills.

Enables participants to develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self-confidence and improve their employability.

To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst planning and undertaking a journey in a group.

Young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.

ONLY AT GOLD LEVEL

To broaden experience through living and working with others in a residential setting.

Participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.

OUR AWARD FRAMEWORK

The Award Framework is the enduring structure of the Award that has changed little since its inception in 1956. A summary of the Award Framework’s levels and sections is shown below:

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Physical Recreation

3 months / 12 weeks

6 months / 26 weeks

12 months / 52 weeks

Skills

3 months / 12 weeks

6 months / 26 weeks

12 months / 52 weeks

Voluntary Service

3 months / 12 weeks

6 months / 26 weeks

12 months / 52 weeks

Adventurous Journey

2 days + 1 night

3 days + 2 nights

4 days + 3 nights

Direct Entrants

All participants must do an extra 3 months in one of the following: Physical Recreation; or Skills; or Voluntary Service

Non-Bronze holders must do an extra 6 months in one of the following: Physical Recreation; or Skills; or Voluntary Service

Non-Silver holders must do an extra 6 months in one of the following: Physical Recreation; or Skills; or Voluntary Service

Bronze

Physical Recreation

3 months / 12 weeks

Skills

3 months / 12 weeks

Voluntary Service

3 months / 12 weeks

Adventurous Journey

2 days + 1 night

Direct Entrants

All participants must do an extra 3 months in one of the following: Physical Recreation; or Skills; or Voluntary Service

Silver

Physical Recreation

6 months / 26 weeks

Skills

6 months / 26 weeks

Voluntary Service

6 months / 26 weeks

Adventurous Journey

3 days + 2 nights

Direct Entrants

Non-Bronze holders must do an extra 6 months in one of the following: Physical Recreation; or Skills; or Voluntary Service

Gold

Physical Recreation

12 months / 52 weeks

Skills

12 months / 52 weeks

Voluntary Service

12 months / 52 weeks

Adventurous Journey

4 days + 3 nights

Direct Entrants

Non-Silver holders must do an extra 6 months in one of the following: Physical Recreation; or Skills; or Voluntary Service

GUIDES FOR EACH LEVEL

Download the Participant Guides for each level here:

BRONZE

PARTICIPANT GUIDE

SILVER

PARTICIPANT GUIDE

GOLD

PARTICIPANT GUIDE