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The Award Programme

There are four Sections.  In order to gain an Award, all four Sections must be tackled for the specified minimum period of time:

SERVICE
- which aims to understand the value of giving service to others and your community. The emphasis of this Section is on the regular giving of service to others over a period of time.

ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
- which encourages a spirit of adventure whilst undertaking a journey in a group. The emphasis on this Section is on a journey on foot,  bicycle, boat or horseback, requiring personal effort and no motorised assistance.  Proper training and preparation, self-sufficiency, self-reliance and the exploration of new surroundings are the key elements.

PHYSICAL RECREATION
- which  encourages participation in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of your health and fitness. The emphasis on this Section is to take part in some form of organised physical recreation and to show individual progress.

SKILLS
- which encourages the development of your personal interests, creativity or practical skills. The emphasis of this Section is on effort and general improvement over a period of time, rather than the attainment of a specific standard.

RESIDENTIAL PROJECT
- is for GOLD AWARD PARTICIPANTS ONLY, and aims to broaden your experience through others unknown to you, in a residential setting (i.e. away from home).The emphasis for this Section is on living and working with others (who are not your everyday companions/friends) over a period of 5 consecutive days.

What Award Participants have to say

"In every scholarship interview my interviewers have immediately asked about The President’s Award.  It is seen as a mark of people who are well-balanced and prepared to take on a challenge.  The Award gave me the push I needed to broaden my interests, with truly ife-changing results."

Christopher McConnachie, Mandela Rhodes Scholar

"By doing the Award Programme you discover your own qualities and capabilities as a person, where the prospect of working as a team with total strangers turns into an exciting experience of social bonding."

Maureen Pennels

"I find great joy in this process of assisting others as it makes me grow as a person, and it truly helps me to develop into the person who I want to be – a true servant of my country and community – someone who makes a difference."

James Odger

How can I enrol?

  1. Complete the enrolment form.
  2. Pay your enrolment fee.
  3. You are now a participant and you will receive a Record Book.
  4. Get started on achieving the Level you are enrolled on   ... Bronze, Silver, or Gold ... under the guidance of your Award Leader. 
  5. After the minimum time period, your progress needs to be assessed by the assessor / instructor, taking into account personal improvement, commitment and effort in the activity, rather than a set of external standards.
  6. Your Record Book is submitted to your Award Leader, who checks that you have achieved all the minimum requirements for your Level, and that these have been signed off, and then your Record Book is submitted to your closest Regional Office for authorisation.
  7. Your certificate and badge are then sent to your Award Unit ... and you enrol on the next Level!

 

Programme Overview & Guidelines

Download Programme Guidelines brochure 
 
BRONZE LEVEL

  • For those over 14 and under 25 years.
  • Minimum completion period of 6 months.
  • The participant must complete the requirements in each of the four Sections below:

1. SERVICE
At least 24 hours spread over 3 months.

2. PHYSICAL RECREATION
Select an activity and show regular effort and improvement spread over 3 months.

3. SKILL
Select an activity and show regular effort and improvement spread over 3 months.
PLUS A PARTICIPANT MUST DO AN EXTRA 3 MONTHS IN EITHER SERVICE, PHYSICAL RECREATION OR SKILL.

4. ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
Minimum requirements: 2 days and 1 night.
6 hours planned activity each day in a group of no fewer than four young people and supervised by an experienced adult.
Walk – 24km, or
Cycling – 80km, or
Horseback – 48km, or
Canoeing – 4 hrs per day, or
Sailing – 6 hrs per day.
 
SILVER LEVEL

  • For those over 15 and under 25 years.
  • Minimum completion period: 6 months for Bronze Award Holders.
  • The participant must complete the requirements in each of the four Sections below.
  • PLEASE NOTE that involvement is for 12 months for Non-Bronze Award Holders.

1. SERVICE
At least 48 hours spread over 6 months.

2. PHYSICAL RECREATION
Select an activity and show regular effort and improvement spread over 6 months.

3. SKILL
Select an activity and show regular effort and improvement spread over 6 months.
PLUS NON-BRONZE HOLDERS MUST DO AN EXTRA 6 MONTHS IN EITHER SERVICE, PHYSICAL RECREATION or SKILL.

4. ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
Minimum requirements: 3 days and 2 nights.
7  hours planned activity each day in a group of no fewer than four young people and supervised by an experienced adult.
Walk – 48km, or
Cycling – 145km, or
Horseback – 96km, or
Canoeing – 5 hrs per day, or
Sailing – 7 hrs per day.
 
GOLD LEVEL

  • For those over 16 and under 25 years.
  • Minimum completion period: 12 months for Silver Awards Holders and 18 months for Non-Silver Award Holders.
  • The participant must complete the requirements in each of the four Sections below.

1.SERVICE
At least 72 hours spread over 12 months.

2.PHYSICAL RECREATION
Select an activity and show regular effort and improvement spread over 12 months.

3.SKILL
Select an activity and show regular effort and improvement spread over 12 months.
PLUS NON-SILVER HOLDERS MUST DO AN EXTRA 6 MONTHS IN EITHER SERVICE, PHYSICAL RECREATION OR SKILL

4.ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
Minimum requirements: 4 days and 3 nights.
8 hours planned activity each day in a group of no fewer than four young people and supervised by an experienced adult.
Walk – 80km, or
Cycling – 225km, or
Horseback – 160km, or
Canoeing – 6 hrs per day, or
Sailing- 8 hrs per day

5.RESIDENTIAL PROJECT
A compulsory Residential Project of at least 5 consecutive days and 4 nights must be completed and be part of a group of people who are not your usual companions, and work towards a common goal.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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