As part of the wider programme refresh currently underway the Queen’s Scout Award and Explorer Belt have been reviewed and amendments made. These updates are designed to better support participants through the awards, uphold high quality, and are accompanied by clear supporting resources.

To assist with changing to the new requirements there will be a long transition period starting from 1 January 2014 until 1 September 2015 during which time those currently completing the award will be able to finish on the current requirements. Participants who wish to complete either award on the current requirements must finish before 1 September 2015. The new requirements can be used from 1 January 2014.

The majority of both awards remains the same; but updates have been made to ensure the awards are more robust and challenging for young people, with an enhanced level of support.

In particular these updates include:

A requirement to register to work towards the awards, which will help you to more easily identify who is taking part and make sure that they are appropriately supported. This should also make sure that young people are not able to complete the award only to be told at sign-off that their activities have not met the requirements