Gold Award 2017 cohort

This is the working space for Scouts who joined the troop in March and September 2017.


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During their second year with the troop we will introduce the Gold Award programme and encourage Scouts to complete independent activities (see below).

In this their second year we hope Scouts will have had some success in completing the ongoing activities and if Scouts have attended most or all of the Thursday evening meetings during the first year they will have completed many elements of the award. This progress can be viewed on OSM.

The additional elements of the award to be completed this year are a Personal Challenge, learn and use a number of household skills (part of the Skills Challenge Award), write up a report on forming a part of three teams (part of the Team Working Challange Award) and the Physical Activity log (part of the Skills Challenge Award). Scouts who have participated in any sort of performance should also get this recorded. All activities that have occurred since joining Scouts in 2017 are valid.

Some members of the troop in their second year may also be invited to take part in the additional activities laid on for the Scouts in their third year with the troop. This will only occur if there are sufficient places available and the Scout is considered capable of completing the actiity.

A Scout who does not attend at least one (but usually two) Summer Camps is unlikely to be able to complete the Chief Scout Gold Award as the Outdoors Challenge can usually only be completed by attending Summer Camp and it can be difficult to complete all elements of the award during one camp. A Scout who attends a Summer Camp at the end of their second year with the troop will be given the opportunity to complete the 'team leader' elements of the Outdoors Award. We appreciate that fitting family holidays alongside Scout camps may be difficult and so we alternate the dates of Summer Camp each year to try and provide as many chances as possible to attend to as many Scouts as possible. Summer Camp always takes place at some point in July and we can generally be flexible about late joiners and leavers.


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Reminder of Gold Award Requirements.

  1. Earn six Activity or Staged Activity badges. They could be badges gained outside of normal meetings or ones achieved through the Thursday evening programme.

  2. Complete the nine Challenge Awards.


Part 1: Scouts will earn a number of Activity and Staged Activity badges by participating fully in the troop programme: Nautical Skills, Time on Water, Nights Away, Swimming, First Aid, Sailing and Paddle Sports. In theory most Scouts will therefore meet the requirement through Thursday evening meeting attendance. However, the Leaders would like our Scouts to individually work towards at least one Activity or Staged badge on their own. As well as doing badges that match hobbies or interest there is the option to do badges based on school work, such as art or DT.  All badge information can be found on the main Scouts website (see menu on LHS).

Part 2: Most elements of most of the Challenge Awards will be completed during the three year programme, but in order to complete them all Scouts will need to attend weekend and camp activities. Some individual work will be required as well. The badge requirements for the Challenge Awards can be found on the main Scouts website but are also reproduced in the 3 Year Plan document below which covers how we intend to cover the badge work in the normal course of events.  

A Scout's progress against all elements of the Gold Award can be monitored via Online Scout Manager.

Gold Award Plan: You can read our plan using the link below. Thursday evening activities are drawn up with the Gold Award in mind and Scouts will have to also complete a number of independent activities, some of which we will programme in at set time and others that can be completed at any time.