Baden-Powell Award

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The Australian Baden-Powell Scout Award

The Baden-Powell Award, or B-P Award is the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement in several countries. Although, with the withdrawal of Rover Scouting from most Scout Associations it has become a less common award, it is still awarded by Associations in several countries, including Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Singapore, South Africa and in non-WOSM Associations in the United Kingdom.


Once they have completed their Squire Training, members of Rovers (Australia) are able to earn the Baden-Powell Award through either of two methods, outlined below[1][2];

Method A

Method A is the more popular version of the Baden-Powell Award, also known as the "Traditional" Method, as it is more clearly defined with targets for its badges.

Scoutcraft Service Ramblers Project
Organise & take part in at least 10 separate camps. Must be more than 10 nights camping, at more than three locations, showing a high standard of campcraft and keeping a log to show to the crew. At least six months service to a community service organisation Organise & lead a trip over at least four days (three nights), presenting a log to the crew of the trip. Over six months, develop a skill, reporting to the Crew as you go. This skill should not be one that is involved in the Rover's work.

Method B

Method B includes the Spiritual Development, Intellectual & Emotional Development, Social Development and Physical Development Badges.

Spiritual Development Badge Intellectual and Emotional Development Badge Social Development Badge Physical Development Badge
This area provides an opportunity for the Rover to find out a great deal about themselves through various avenues including their own lifestyle and personal values system. Through this badge the Rover can explore a vast array of areas that may be unfamiliar to them, ultimately choosing one for further study for this badge. Areas include learning to play a musical instrument; getting involved in or learning about art drama, media or politics; or learning a foreign language.At least six months service to a community service organisation. Again the Rover can explore a vast array of areas that may be unfamiliar but of interest to them, ultimately choosing one for personal development in order to gain this badge. Here the Rover is challenged and must demonstrate initiative, and skills in expeditions and outdoor adventure. Some may undertake to organise, plan (including adequate preparation and training), and complete a one week activity.

South Africa

South African Scout Association

South African Rover Scouts are required to complete four of the seven available Rover proficiency awards in order to qualify for the B-P Award. The B-P Award is awarded after it has been recommended by the District Commissioner, the Rover Scout Leader and the Crew Council who must agree that the Rover has been setting an example of living a lifestyle reflecting the Rover motto of "Service".[3]

United Kingdom

The Scout Association

The Scout Association no longer operate a Rover Scout section, having abolished the section in 1964, and they no longer offer the Baden-Powell Award.[4]

Baden-Powell Scouts Association

The Baden-Powell Award is available to invested Rover Scouts of the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association. The BPSA requirements for the award are similar to the "Traditional" option used by Rovers Australia. The Rover Scout must hold the Scoutcraft Star, Service Training Star, Rover Rambler's Badge and Rover Project Badge. They are also required to show that they have been setting a personal example of the "Scout Way of Life" and to complete an interview with the Chief Commissioner of the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association.[5]

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