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Parent/Guardian Information

Participating in the Award programme is an exciting journey for young people and their families.

Through a strong yet flexible framework, young person can uniquely design their Award, choosing activities that spark their interest and challenge them to achieve great heights. You can play a vital role by providing support and encouragement as they work towards their goals.

There are three levels to the Award—Bronze, Silver and Gold—and each level has four specific sections that participants need to complete activities in (plus a fifth at Gold level):

Voluntary Service - young people to spend one hour per week doing voluntary work.

Physical Recreation - young people spend one hour per week engaging in physical recreation.

Skills - young people spend approximately one hour per week learning a skill

  Adventurous Journey - this involves completing an expedition or exploration for a set number of days. 

  Residential Project (Gold level only) - attend a five day residential programme.

Visit About the Award to find out more specific information on how the Award works.

Download our Award Brochure 

How you can support your young person

The Award equips young people for life and work, whether it is through new unique activities, meeting new people or exploring an unfamiliar environment. Your child is responsible for their development and setting their Award goals. As a parent/guardian you have a role to play in helping your young person complete their Award -

  • Mentor, motivate them, remind them to log their activities, encourage them on their chosen activities,
  • Help them stay committed on their journey to completion,
  • Celebrate their success as they achieve and accomplish activities and the Award in its entirety.
  • Encourage youth to step outside their comfort zone and try new activities to broaden their experiences.
  • Please note that parents/guardians CAN NOT be assessors for any section of their young person's Award

Encourage your child, but remember this journey is theirs. There will be struggles and bumps along the way as they journey to completing The Award.  Your support, guidance and understanding is one of the elements that helps equip young people for the life ahead of them.

Why should your young person do The Award?

Because it’s more than just an award. It looks good on college and university applications. It looks even better on CVs and resumes and sets them apart when in the work force. The Award gives youth an opportunity to talk about themselves in a non-academic way. The Award allows young people to document all of the activities they do outside of their formal education. It values these experiences and illustrates just how important they are to the developing a youth into well rounded individual. The Award recognizes the the hours youth spend on activities – which is a true testament to who these young people are and their commitment.

Take a look at Award Benefits to see what your child will gain through the Award.

For more information about the Award, have a look around our website or talk to your child's Award Leader.

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