King’s Scout Award

The King’s Scout Award is the highest youth award in Scouting and is open to all Explorers & Network members aged 16-24. There is no longer a requirement to register for the award. Please see the support materials on the Scouts website here:

Once an Explorer Scout or Network member is close to completing the King’s Scout Award, the completed logbook should be sent to the King’s Scout Award Co-ordinator ( so this can be reviewed. The QSA Co-ordinator will then organise for either the ACC Explorers or ACC Network (or their representative) to attend the young person’s presentation.

Details about the Windsor Day of Celebration and Achievement held in April each year which recipients of the King’s Scout Award are invited to, can be found on the Scouts website here:

If you have any queries about the award please contact the King’s Scout Award Co-ordinator

How to earn the King’s Scout Award

1. Eligibility Criteria

  • Be aged 16 or older to start the award and complete the award before your 25th birthday 
  • Be a member of either Explorer Scouts or Scout Network (or a combination of both) for at least 18 months to complete the award
  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network at the time you complete the award

This means members can only start working towards and count activities undertaken in achieving the QSA from their 16th Birthday. Activities and nights away completed in achievement of the Chief Scout Platinum and Diamond Awards can be counted towards the QSA. 

2. Nights Away

Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or Scout Network member, of which at least 12 must be camping.

Nights  away  used for  this  requirement  must  be  different  from nights away  undertaken for  one  of  the  five challenge activities (such as expedition and residential) or those used for the ICV list, but can include those nights away used for the nights away requirement of the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Chief Scout’s Diamond Awards. 

Nights  away  undertaken  as  an  Explorer  Scout  Young  Leader  or  by  Scout  Network members  who  are  also  an  adult leader in Scouting may count towards this requirement, ie a night away with a Cub Pack where you volunteer.

3. International, Community & Values List (ICV)

Complete six activities in total, two from each topic area of the ICV activities list. View the ICV list for the King’s Scout Award.  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. 

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, you will have already done two activities and will only need to do a further four activities.

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, you will have already done four activities and will only need to do a further two activities.

4. Presentation

Make a presentation covering all elements of your award to a suitable audience, with the aim of inspiring and motivating others to achieve the award. The presentation should be the final activity you complete.

5. Sign-off

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,  assessors  can  be anyone  who  has  witnessed the  activities  you  have undertaken for the specific requirement. 

Once  you  have  completed  all  of  the  above  requirements,  a Commissioner (appropriate to the section you are a member of) must approve your award as complete using the Logbook and Completion Form.

Choose from 1 of the following options:

  1. Hold the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
  2. Complete the King’s Scout Award Challenges:
    1. 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.
    2. Physical activity. Take up a physical activity for six or 12 months*, completing an agreed programme by taking part and achieving your objectives.
    3. 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.
    4. 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).
      • Training. Before you undertake any expedition you should demonstrate that you are competent in the following areas:
        1. First aid (covering First Response as a minimum) and emergency procedures
        2. Risk assessment/health and safety
        3. Navigation and route planning
        4. Camp craft, equipment and hygiene
        5. Food and cooking
        6. Country, highway and water sports codes
        7. Observation, recording and presentation
        8. Team building
        9. Proficiency in mode of travel
      • Practice. Undertake a minimum three-day, two-night (consecutive) self-led expedition in wild country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.
      • Final. 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  undertaken in a  different  area  to the  practice with  similar conditions, and ideally with the same team of people. 
    5. 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.