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Award Leader Training

Skills Section

What's it all about?

The Skills section is about developing a hobby, study, collection or interest that does not involve playing a sport, but could include coaching, refereeing or umpiring a sport. Note that although many sports require skill, the mainly physical nature involved in playing a sport means that sports are regarded as Physical Recreation). List of examples

How long does it take to complete the Skills section?

The time requirement differs depending on the Award level, i.e.

At Bronze level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 3 months/13 weeks (note that Bronze participants are required to do an additional three months in one of the following activities: Skills, Service, Physical Recreation. If a participant chooses the Skills section to do their extra 3 months in, the time requirement for Skill would become 6 months/26 weeks).

At Silver level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 6 months/26 weeks.

At Gold level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 12 months/52 weeks.

For direct entrants  (i.e. new participants with no previous Award) to Silver or Gold levels, participants need to add 6 months to one section of their choice (i.e. Skills or Service or Physical Recreation)

What's the process?

Initial briefing and choice of activity Activity and monitoring of progress Final review

The final review gives the young person a chance to demonstrate the skills he or she has learned, and the Award Leader or activity coach a chance to learn something about the subject and the participant.

Who approves the participant's activity?

An Assessor must approve the activity in the participant's Online Record Book to show that he or she has completed it. An Assessor is a responsible adult that is not a family member and who has considerable (usually three years or more) knowledge of the chosen activity, or is able to supervise the activity if it is non-skilled.

What are the standards for achievement?

There are no set bench-marking or pass/fail criteria. Participants are expected to determine their own bench-marks for achievement and then work to achieve those to the best of their abilities. For some participants, this may be the first time

that their best has been good enough. However, the expectation is that some form of improvement will be shown over the time period.

What time commitment is required for the Skills activity?

Participants are required to average a minimum of one hour per week for the Skills activity, over the applicable months required at their level (i.e. 3 months at Bronze level, 6 months at Silver level, and 12 months at Gold level).

If a participant has done the months, but not reached the hours, they need to continue the activity until the minimum hours are reached.

If a participant has done the hours, but not reached the months, they need to continue the activity until the minimum months are reached.

Ready to take the quiz?!

Click the link below to go to the Skills quiz, then log in using the username and password that were sent to you when you signed up for this online training. Forgotten your username or password? Email

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