Scouts of the World Award
The Scouts of the World Award is an international award that can be completed by any scout worldwide. It is a Network only award and has just recently been updated. The requirements are listed below or avaliable on scouts.org.uk/sowa.
You must register by attending a Scouts of the World Discovery weekend and
then filling in the form at scouts.org.uk/sowa.
Award participants must:
• Be aged between 18 and 25 years old
• Be a Network member
A SOWA Discovery event is either a residential event or a number of shorter events. It should involve at least 14 hours of learning delivered by SOWA Trainers. You must complete pre-course activities sent to you by the trainers prior to the event(s). The aim of the event is to broaden the participants understanding of the context behind the Award and global issues.
With the guidance of your SOWA mentor, you must plan a project based on one or more of the three themes (Peace, Environment and Sustainable Development).
Complete your project based on the plan you put together with your mentor. The voluntary project should be a minimum of 80 hours (inc. planning time). You should inform the relevant commissioner (see online). The project should have clear objectives, timescales and be realistic. The project should have a long term impact on the community you are working with.
Make a presentation to cover your entire award. This should include evaluation questions such as: What challenges did I face and how did I overcome these? It should also include how you developed your: skills, cultural awareness, knowledge and attitudes. It should be presented to a relevant audience (could be the ACC, your Mentor etc.).
The relevant ACC (see online) must sign off the award to show you’ve completed all of the sections to an acceptable level.
Unlike other awards, there are no fixed timescales as long as the requirements are met.