The Award Programme can be adapted to fit local facilities and should be designed for the individuals taking part. Providing the basic age requirements are met, young people may take as long as they wish to complete an Award adn may enter whichever level best suits them.
The Award is to personal challenge, not a competition against others. The only set standarts are those necessary to ensure the safety of participants. The Award Programme is based upon personal choice and should reflect the abilities and interests of individual participants. No two Programmes should be identical.
The Award is available to all, with no discrimination on grounds of gender, cultural background, religion or political affiliation. An Awardis gained through individual improvement and achievement, which means that disadvantaged young people and those with special neds are able to participate fully.
The Award is run by volunters fo volunteers. Every young person makes a free choice to enter the Award and must commit lisure time to complete the activities, with the support of a hug network of adult volunteers.
The Award is process of personal and social development, the Programe and activities are a means to this end. It should introduce participants to a range of new opportunities, allow them to learn from their experiences and enable them to discover hidden capabilities and talents. The value and significance of the Award to participants is directly proportional to the quality of the experience and the degree of personal commintent nvested.
Whatever the level there are four section sthat must be completed : Service, Adventurous journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. There is an additional requirement of the Residential Project at the Gold level. The Challenge is to extend and develop existing abilities and try something new. Each Section will make greater or lesser demands on participants according to their experience, interests and abilities.
Through its three levels, the Award Programme demands more time and increased degree of commitment and improvement. At Bronze participants need strong support from adult helpers, at Silver the should be given more independence and at Gold they should be largely responsible for organizin their Award Programme with the guidance of adults.
The Record book notes positive achievement and improvement only and it profiles achivement across a broad range of activites. If a participant does not complete the conditions at one time there is an opportunity to try again.
The Award demands a persistence and commitment and cannot be completerd in short bursts of enthusiasm. There is minimum requirement for the period it takes to complete each Award and therefore individuals can work at their own pace, according to the time available, until their 25th birthday.
Above all it is important that participants and their adult helpers find the Award enjoyable, exciting and satisfying. The intenttion is that participants will pursue Award activities in their future lives.
“The aim of education is to impel people into value forming experiences... to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit... and above all, compassion... It is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences.”_Kurt Hahn