Baden-Powell Award

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The Australian Baden-Powell Scout Award

The Baden-Powell Scout Award (BPSA), or B-P Award is the highest youth award achievable in the Scout and Guide Movement in several countries. Although, with the withdrawal of the Rover Section from most Scout Associations it has become a less common award, it is still awarded by Guide and Scout Associations in several countries, including Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States and in non-World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) associations in the United Kingdom.



Prior to 2014, members of Rovers (Australia) were able to earn the Baden-Powell Scout Award through either of two methods, after completing their Rover Skills Badge, outlined below;[1][2][3]

Method A[edit]

Method A is the more popular version of the Baden-Powell Scout Award, also known as the "Traditional" Method, as it is more clearly defined with targets for its badges.

Scoutcraft Service Ramblers Project
Organise & take part in at least 10 separate camps. Must be more than 10 nights camping, at more than three locations, showing a high standard of campcraft and keeping a log to show to the crew. At least six months service to a community service organisation Organise & lead a trip over at least four days (three nights), presenting a log to the crew of the trip. Over six months, develop a skill, reporting to the Crew as you go. This skill should not be one that is involved in the Rover's work.

Method B[edit]

Method B includes the Spiritual Development, Intellectual & Emotional Development, Social Development and Physical Development Badges.

Spiritual Development Badge Intellectual and Emotional Development Badge Social Development Badge Physical Development Badge
This area provides an opportunity for the Rover to find out a great deal about themselves through various avenues including their own lifestyle and personal values system. Through this badge the Rover can explore a vast array of areas that may be unfamiliar to them, ultimately choosing one for further study for this badge. Areas include learning to play a musical instrument; getting involved in or learning about art drama, media or politics; or learning a foreign language.At least six months service to a community service organisation. Again the Rover can explore a vast array of areas that may be unfamiliar but of interest to them, ultimately choosing one for personal development in order to gain this badge. Here the Rover is challenged and must demonstrate initiative, and skills in expeditions and outdoor adventure. Some may undertake to organise, plan (including adequate preparation and training), and complete a one-week activity.

New Baden-Powell Scout Award[4][edit]

At the start of 2014, a new version of the Baden-Powell Scout Award was introduced. All Rovers who had already started the old version of the award (Method A or Method B) were given the choice to either continue with the old award or transfer their completed badges to the new award scheme. The new Baden-Powell Scout Award is broken up into two levels: the St. George Award and the Baden-Powell Scout Award

The St. George Award is made up of four badges: Squire Training, Rover Skills, Service and Physical. A Rover must complete the Squire Training badge before they can start any other badge, but most Rover Crews will have their new Rovers (Squires) complete this badge before they are fully invested into the Rover Crew.

Squire Training Rover Skills Service Physical
This badge includes Scoutcraft skills, service, camping, learning about the award scheme, Intro to Rovers, the Promise & Law, meetings and a small project for the Crew or its assets. This badge includes holding a position of responsibility, going camping, and running activities for other Rovers. This badge involves providing six or more months of regular, active service to a worthy cause. This badge involves either participating in a physical or sporting activity for six months, or completing a physical journey over four days, or two weekends of over 48 hours' effort each.

The Baden-Powell Scout Award involves the completion of four components: the St. George Award, the Community Development badge, the Personal Growth badge and the Self-Reflection Interview.

St. George Award Community Development Badge Personal Growth Badge Self-Reflection Interview
The four badges outlined above must be completed, and Rovers must have been Knighted/Fully Invested before they can be awarded the St George Award. This badge aims to contribute to the development of your local, national, or international community. This badge aims to encourage Rovers to explore their personal beliefs, challenge their thinking, or develop their own skills. The self-reflection interview is there to help you think about your journey through the award scheme and reflect on what you have learnt along the way. The interview is facilitated by a member of the BPSA Support Team and will not consider if you have technically completed the required badgework.


In Girl Guides, participants have the option of completing two different versions of the award, the Junior BP and the BP. Both awards involve the completion of activities (chosen by the guide) in the following categories: Promise and Law, Outdoors, Patrol System, Service, World Guiding and Guiding traditions. In the Junior BP, Guides must complete a total of 12 activities, in the BP they must complete 18. In both awards, the Guide receives an Endeavor badge when they are halfway through.

The Junior BP and BP serve as preparation for the Queen's Guide Award, however it is not essential to complete either to do Queen's Guide. Also, the BP Award can be attempted without having done the Junior BP prior.[5]


Baden-Powell Service Association[edit]

Canada's Baden-Powell Service Association does not have a centralized BPSA Body.[6] Traditional Scouting programs are run by independent Provincial Associations in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick, each of which uses the B-P Award as its highest Rover award.[7][8][9]

Hong Kong[edit]

Scout Association of Hong Kong[edit]

Baden Powell Award continues the training progress of the Rover Scout Award. Self planning and managing are prerequisite to achieve this highest award. During the course from planning to operation, Rovers could equip themselves with a positive value of living, learning Scout knowledge, technique and attitude.

The topics of Baden Powell Award are same as the Rover Scout Award in which Service, Scoutcraft and Exploration are compulsory, whilst Scout Knowledge, Self-development, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Pursuit and Look Wide are optional. Rovers are required to take 3 amongst the 5 options for assessment.

The assessment of the Baden Powell Award is arranged by the RHQC (RS). Certificate and award will be issued when confirmed and approved by AHQ after the recommendation of Regional Commissioner and District Commissioner.[10]

New Zealand[edit]

The Baden Powell Award is a peer recognition Award, not a badge that can be earned on the completion of a set of criteria. The Rover Crew, in consultation with the Regional Rover Leader, awards the Baden Powell Award for a member which:

  • Is a continuously active and useful Crew member, having organised and co-ordinated projects and activities which ideally emphasise the aims of the Rover Section, of service to Scouting, the community and personal development.
  • Sets a personal example of the Scout way of life, and living by the Scout Law and Promise.
  • Has given outstanding and extensive service as a member of a Rover Crew.
  • Has held a position of responsibility outside the Rover Crew on Scouting or another community organisation for a period of at least two years.
  • Has been a member of a Rover Crew for a minimum period of three years.

South Africa[edit]

Scouts South Africa[edit]

South African Rover Scouts are required to complete four of the seven available Rover proficiency awards in order to qualify for the B-P Award. The B-P Award is awarded after it has been recommended by the District Commissioner, the Rover Scout Leader and the Crew Council who must agree that the Rover has been setting an example of living a lifestyle reflecting the Rover motto of "Service".[11]

United Kingdom[edit]

The Scout Association[edit]

The Scout Association no longer operate a Rover Scout section, having abolished the section in 1964, and they no longer offer the Baden-Powell Award.[12]

Baden-Powell Scouts Association[edit]

The Baden-Powell Award is available to invested Rovers of the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association. The BPSA requirements for the award are similar to the "Traditional" option used by Rovers Australia. The Rover must hold the Scoutcraft Star, Service Training Star, Rover Rambler's Badge and Rover Project Badge. They are also required to show that they have been setting a personal example of the "Scout Way of Life" and to complete an interview with the Chief Commissioner of the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association.[13]


The Baden-Powell Award continues on in the Guide programme for those who have been in Guides for at least two years prior to starting on the award challenges. Guides must complete 10 challenges from five different categories known as 'Zones' - Healthy lifestyle, global awareness, discovery, skills and relationships and celebrating diversity. They must also go on a specified residential weekend away from home with other Guides also working to complete their Baden-Powell challenge before they can be given the award.[14]

United States[edit]

Baden-Powell Service Association[edit]

The Baden Powell Award is the highest award a Rover Knight can achieve in the Baden Powell Service Association. It has similar requirements as the Baden-Powell Scouts Association and Rovers Australia; Rover Scouts must earn their Rambler's Badge, Scoutcraft Star, Project Badge and Service Training Star. They must also receive a recommendation from their Rover Crew, Rover Crew Leader, and Group Scoutmaster, and complete an interview with the Association's Chief Commissioner.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rovers Australia | Development and Training Opportunities". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  2. ^ Rovers Australia
  3. ^ 1st Epping Rover Crew - About Rovers Archived 2008-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-07-15. Retrieved 2013-09-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "BPSA Traditional Scouting in Canada". BP Service Association. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "How Old Are You?". BPSA - BC Council. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "How Old Are You?". BPSA Ontario Council. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Section Information". BPSA - NB Council. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Record Book" (PDF). Scout Association of Hong Kong. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "SA Award Requirements" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  12. ^ "Scouting Milestones, Rovers". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008.
  13. ^ BPSA Rover Crew Training Scheme
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-02-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "BPSA Rover Handbook" (PDF). B-P Service Association, US. Retrieved April 15, 2019.

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