What is it? The SW Award is to develop ‘world citizens’: people who actively work together to create a better world for all at a local level.
Who can apply? Venture and Rover Scouts, or those between the ages of 15 – 26. The SW Award is a team award: A group of friends may collaborate for the award, or a Scout may support an existing project launched by WOSM or another organization (SVP, UNESCO, etc.).
Time Commitment: 21 hours minimum explore workshop, 80 hours minimum discovery service project, discovered reflection
1. Plan – explore stage
One of the first tasks Scouts undertaking the award will encounter is the SW Discovery workshop. Scouts will walk away from the workshop with an outline plan for their SW Award Voluntary Service project. The workshop lasts for a number of days (minimum of 21 working hours).
- Familiarise Scouts with the stages of the SW Award.
- Discover and explore a challenge, related to a global issue, faced by the Scouts’ community. This challenge must be associated with one or more of the award’s three aspects – development, peace, and/or the environment.
- Research the identified challenge and its effect on these Scouts at both a personal and a community level.
- Begin planning a service project to address this challenge.
2. Do – action stage
The next stage in the SW Award is implementing the Voluntary Service project which must be:
- a long-term endeavour of at least 80 working hours (e.g. a fortnight (the average) to over a period of months, depending on the requirements for each project)
- in alignment to your chosen theme of development, peace, or environment agreed upon in the SW Discovery
- thought out and achievable (e.g. fundraising may be necessary)
Not eligible: a period of work driven by private motives (such as a company internship) does not qualify as an SW Voluntary Service – in other words, it has to be from the heart.
Tip! Demonstrate long-term thinking; sustainability and follow-ups post project-completion can be considered equally important as the project itself.
3. Review – reflect stage
Reflection and evaluating your work is an essential component of active citizenship. The review should:
- showcase how Scouts have acquired a new capacity to serve the community by gaining valuable knowledge, attitudes, motivations, skills, values
- demonstrate the long-term sustainability and monitoring of the project over the coming months and years to follow
In summary to get the SW Award you need to:
- Register: Contact your NSO’s SWA Coordinator
- Plan: Complete an SW Discovery
- Do: Complete an SW Award Voluntary Service
- Review: Evaluate your SW Award Discovery and Voluntary Service
- Submit: Send your report into the SWA Coordinator and report on scout.org about your SW Award
- Celebrate your achievements; and ensure the sustainability of the project!