Start your Award

Doing the Award is a personal challenge; it will push you to your limits and recognise and celebrate your achievements.’

Taking part in the Award requires commitment over time but it will give you the opportunity to develop the wider ‘soft’ – or universal – skills which help ensure you are ready for your world.

As an Award participant you will:

  • Design your own Award
  • Set your own goals and record your progress
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service
  • Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
  • Connect with other Award participants at home and abroad

How to get started:

  • Register with your nearest operator: Search for the Award regions and locations now.
  • Determine what level is right for you: The Award is divided into three levels; depending on your age and experience, you may choose to start with Bronze and work your way up, or jump straight to Silver or Gold. Your Award Leader will be able to explain more about the three levels and their requirements.
  • Registration fee: There is usually a small registration fee required to cover the cost of your record book and Award administration. This will be handled by your Award Operator.
  • Plan your Award: Once you have registered, your Award Leader will help you plan your programme of activities. You should also receive a record book/access to an Online Record Book to keep track of your activities.

Already doing the Award

Whether you’ve submitted each Award section for approval as you’ve gone along, or are submitting them all at the end, your Award Leader will check and approve them.

Once you’ve completed your Award, you need to make sure:

  • You’ve done all your sections for the minimum time required (check with your Award Leader for details); for an average of an hour a week (and the required timescale for the Adventurous Journey section).
  • You’ve detailed all your evidence in your record book. This may be by paper or on the Online Record Book
  • Your Assessors have provided reports/comments on your activity, how you met your goals and how you have progressed, and you have added them into your record book.

Once they’ve approved your final section, they will then send it to your licensed Award Operator who will check everything is in order.

Access to so many life-changing experiences and opportunities has had a significant impact on my attitude. The Award has allowed me to seize opportunities I couldn't have dreamt of when I was younger and it continues to inspire me.

Gold Award holder Hasanka Pushpakumara, Sir Lanka