The fundamental aim of The SW Award is to develop ‘world citizens’: people who actively engage in creating a better world for all, commencing at a local level.
To reiterate, the Scouts of the World Award may only be undertaken by 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 organisation (SVP, UNESCO, etc.).
The ‘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). Let’s take a look at the objectives of the workshop…
- 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.
The ‘action’ stage
The next stage in the SW Award is implementing the Voluntary Service project; a long-term endeavour of at least 80 working hours. The project may last from a fortnight (the average), to over a period of months, depending on the requirements for each project. This project should correspond to your chosen theme of development, peace, or environment agreed upon in the SW Discovery. Fundraising may be necessary. 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. Sustainability and follow-ups post project-completion can be considered equally important as the project itself.
The ‘reflect’ stage
As the project draws to a close, Scouts will be required to submit an evaluation of their voluntary service for review. This review should demonstrate that the Scouts have acquired a new capacity to serve the community by gaining valuable knowledge, attitudes, motivations, skills, values etc. Although the service project will inevitably come to an end, the incredible achievements of the project must not go to waste! They should be sustained and monitored in the months and years that follow, making the best use of the Scouts’ newfound skillset.
Below is a summary of all the steps Scouts will need to follow to get their SW Award…
- 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; andensure the sustainability of the project!