Parents play a vital role by providing support and encouragement as young people work towards their goals.

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 setting their Award goals and making progress towards these goals. With your support and motivation, you can help your child grow and develop.

What is the Award?

In order to earn the Award, participants are required to participate in community service, learn a skill, engage in physical fitness, and learn about the natural environment in an extended outdoor trip known as the Adventurous Journey. At the Gold level, participants are also required to spend time away from home working towards a shared, purposeful goal with a group of people who are not their usual companions. For more information, see our Award Framework.

How does my child begin the Award?

Encourage your child to speak with their Award Leader, or refer to the participant resources.

Why should my child do the Award?

The Award allows young people to document all of the activities they do outside of their formal education, recognizing the hours youth spend on activities-- a true testament to who these young people are and their commitment.

These experiences illustrate just how important they are to developing a young person into a well-rounded individual. It looks good on college and university applications, on CVs and resumes, and helps set young people apart in the workforce.

How do I support my child?

Encourage your child to take an active role in constructing their strategies to drive them forward. No other person can understand their strengths and weaknesses better than you, but remember, the Award journey belongs to your child.

There will be struggles and bumps along the way as they work to earn their Award. In some cases, a young person who sets out to achieve the Award may decide to stop or take a break just because they feel like it, and that is okay. Sometimes there are unexpected occurrences that happen in life which result in activities being put on hold. Setting healthy boundaries is an important part of establishing one's identity, which sometimes means your child will say no, or not yet. Talk to your child, and listen to what they have to say.

Your guidance, encouragement, and understanding is one of the elements that helps equip young people for the life ahead of them.

If you are interested in understanding the Award better in order to elevate your role of support in your child's Award journey, please consider volunteering as an Award Leader or Assistant Leader for an Award Unit.