Do The Award

Now that you have registered for the Award and set up your Online Record Book, you are ready to do your Award! Below is all the information you need to get started.

Scroll down for the following sections:

  • Set Your Goals
  • Record Keeping - Service, Skill & Physical Recreation
  • Who are Assessors?
  • Qualifying Activities - Service
  • Qualifying Activities - Skill
  • Qualifying Activities - Physical Recreation
  • The Gold Project
  • Record Book Supplement (For those still using Hard Copy Record Logs)

Adventurous Journey information is on a separate page.

Set Your Goals

Set goals in each of the four Award activities. Remember, these goals are a personal challenge for you. It is not a competition, and your achievements are not compared to anybody else’s. The Award is for people of all backgrounds and ability levels, and the aim of the Award is to allow each individual to set goals that challenge them to be their personal best. So dream big and step outside your comfort zone!

Example Goal 
Example Activity
To perfect my slap shot 
 - Train and play Hockey (physical recreation)
To learn how to cook Indian food
 - Cooking lessons (skill)
Bring companionship to the elderly
 - Volunteer at a retirement home (service)
Hike the Juan de Fuca Trail
 - Plan and do a multi-day hike (Adventurous Journey)

Submit your chosen activities and goals through your Online Record Book (ORB) and your Award Leader will approve them within 48 hours. Once approved you can start recording your Award activities!

Recording Activities- Service, Skill & Physical Recreation

Tracking your Award activities is easy in your Online Record Book (ORB).

  1. Go to the tabs on the left side for each component Service, Skill & Physical Recreation. Click Choose Activity +
  2. Select an activity from the drop down menu, fill in your goal and chosen Assessor (including their email)
  3. Each week in which you complete an activity, click on the component and record: the date, what you did, and the number of hours you did it for.

If you registered before September 1, 2019 and are using the hard copy Record Log, you can find information in our Record Book Supplement on how to log your activities. 

Who are Assessors?

Assessors are people who can vouch for your completion of the activities you record towards your goal. These folks are like mentors who help you work towards your goal and provide feedback on your progress. Ideally, you will have a different Assessor for each section of your Award. Parents should not act as Assessors unless they are instructing or there is no other option available.

Example Activity
Example Assessor
Piano lessons
 - Piano Instructor  
Basketball team
 - Basketball coach
 - Family friend who has been knitting for 15 years 
Going to the Gym
  - Trainer or gym teacher

For each section of the Award, you will upload an Assessor confirmation that says you completed the activities you logged in your ORB.

  1. Track your activities (if Physical Rec and Service have additional Assessors, add them to your ORB.)
  2. Print your Assessors’ report(s) when your activities are complete.
  3. Have your Assessor(s) sign the report and then upload a scan or image of the report to ORB.

If you registered before September 1, 2019 and are using the hard copy Record Log, you will have a different process for Assessors. You can find this information in our Record Book Supplement.

Service - Give Back

Service is about giving back to your community and having a positive impact on the lives of others, but also about gaining valuable life skills that will make you more employable. Think about what skills or tools you would like to learn and strategically choose your service location and experience to gain readiness for your future.

You can choose to volunteer with one organization throughout your Award level, or choose different service opportunities to fulfill this component.

What Doesn't Count: 
Paid activities
Internships (unpaid work for a for profit company)
Helping relatives
Regular Scout/Guide/Cadet meetings 

Find inspiration, qualifying activities, and some great volunteer postings through our Service Opportunities page.

Skill - Find Your Genius

The Skill component of the Award asks Participants to develop a personal interest or hobby and demonstrate regular commitment and progress. Use your Skill to master something you’re already doing, or take the leap and try something completely new.

Only one skill can be chosen for the duration of the level. Switching skills can happen only under extenuating circumstances and must be approved by the Division Office.
Ask yourself:
What have I always wanted to try?
What do I love to do and want to improve?
What would I like to learn or gain experience in for a potential career?

What Doesn't Count:
Physical activities (e.g. dance, martial arts, sports)
School classes for which credit is earned (e.g. art class, band, cooking class) 

Stuck on your Skill choice? Visit our Skills Examples and Ideas page for more ideas.

Physical Recreation - Break A Sweat

What gets your body moving and your blood pumping? You can count anything from formal organized sports to exercising on your own. Try something different each week! Play ultimate frisbee, try stand up paddle boarding, or take a fitness class at your local recreation center.

You can choose multiple different types of physical activities throughout your Award level, or focus on just one.

What Doesn’t Count:
Physical Education (PE) class

Visit our Physical Recreation Examples and Ideas page for more ideas.

The Gold Project

The Gold Project is required for Gold but can be completed at any point in the Award process as long as you are at least 16 years old. It entails 5 days and 4 nights immersed in a new environment, working with new people.

The 5 days may be split over 2 or 3 sessions within a 12 month period where necessary, as long as the activity remains consistent. Check with the Division Office if you are unsure.

Example Activities:
Encounters with Canada
  Cultural exchanges
Academic exchanges
  Scout or Guide Jamborees 
Language immersions
  Forum for Young Canadians 
Leadership conferences
  Overseas projects 
Cadet camps
  Outward Bound courses 

What Doesn't Count:
Family Vacations and Tours