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Girlguiding Scotland Queen’s Guide Award

Why this award?

The Queen's Guide Award allows each participant to give sustained service to the community, to Guiding and to develop their own skills.

The syllabus is split into five sections:

Service in guiding - take an active role in guiding at a range of levels.
Outdoor challenge - build teamwork and leadership skills in a glorious outdoor setting. Where you go and what you do is up to you!
Personal skill development - start a new skill and develop it, or take an existing skill to a new level for a minimum of 60 hours over 12 months. A personal skill could be anything from ballet to circus skills, performing magic tricks to playing a musical instrument.
Community action - get more involved with the world around you and gain a greater understanding of it through practical and research projects of your choice.
Residential - spend two nights and three days away from home with new people.

Who is it for?

The Queen’s Guide Award is open to Girlguiding members aged 16 to 25 and must be completed within three years from the start date or before their 26th birthday, whichever is sooner.

What time commitment is required?

​The award will take a minimum of 12 months, but is likely to take longer than this.

Is the award externally accredited?

​No, the award is not currently externally accredited, but many potential employers and further education institutions are aware of the award and are impressed with the accomplishment.

Internal accreditation requires that a suitable assessor signs off each clause or element of the award and, once all clauses have been completed, the record book should be sent to the county Queen’s Guide award coordinator. The coordinator will check the book over and then send it to Girlguiding headquarters where they will confirm that the award has been completed, and give it to the Chief Guide to sign. The book will then be returned to the coordinator, who will inform the country/region office and arrange for the award to be presented locally. The award recipient receives a silver brooch, enamel badge and certificate. The recipient also receives an invitation from Girlguiding to a national celebration to mark their achievement

Case studies: 

Girls action for change campaign

Developing Leadership skills – Lauren’s story

Provider: Girlguiding Scotland

Website: Click here

Budget: Membership Subscription

For Ages: 16 - 25

Time to Complete: 1 Years


  • Sport
  • Nature
  • Volunteering
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Youth Work
  • Get Outdoors
  • Making friends
  • Enterprise
  • Adventure
  • Achievement
  • Develop my CV
  • Help get into College or Uni
  • Gain new skills
  • Physical Activity

Type of Involvement:

  • Overnight
  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Away from home
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • To build skills and experience

Meeting Frequency:


Contact 0131 226 4511, or send an email.