The Award concept is one of individual challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.
The Award programme is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 25, irrespective of gender, creed, race or physical status. It also has trained adult volunteer helpers who inspire and support the young people in their pursuance of the programme activities.
There are three attainment levels of Award for the participants to undertake:
Each of the three levels is divided into four sections to provide a balanced programme of personal development.
" Service - this section enables participants to learn how to give useful service to others.
" Skills - this section encourages the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills.
" Adventurous journey - this section encourages a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group.
" Physical recreation - this section serves to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance.
There is also an additional requirement at gold level:
" Residential project - whose aim is to broaden the experience of the participants through involvement with others in a residential setting.