Who can do the Award?

Groups and Independents

The Award can be completed in one of two ways: as a member of an Award Unit, or as an Independent Participant.

​Award Units are generally associated with larger youth organizations, such as schools, community centres, Guides, Scouts or Cadets. In this case an Award Leader will usually help coordinate registration, activities and support group members as they work towards their Award. If you don't currently have an Award Unit, you can speak with a teacher, parent, leader or community member about starting a Unit and becoming an Award Leader.

Independent Participants work towards their Award on their own or with friends. A member of our Ontario division staff will act as their Award Leader to answer questions and approve activities, and ​Participants will still work with Assessors for each section. Around one quarter of ​Participants do the ​Award independently in Ontario.  For more information about doing the Award as an Independent Participant, please click here.

Age Requirements


* If group members turn 14 between Sept 1 and Dec 31, they can start with their group at the beginning of the school year. However, they still need to be 14.5 to complete Bronze.

Participants can start at any level as long as they meet the minimum age requirement. Starting at Silver or Gold is known as Direct Entry.

All activities must be completed by the Participant's 25th birthday.​