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Scouts of the World Award

The Scouts of the World Award challenges all young people, Scouts and non-Scouts, to think about global issues and act upon them in their local community. It is the only award for young people provided by World Scouting. As part of the learning experience, you can gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to help solve global issues at local level. The award requires a commitment from you to make your community a better place. On completion, you will be part of a network that provides inspiration to others to take action.


The Scouts of the World Award (SAW) is granted to individuals who successfully complete:

1.SAW Discovery

An adventure at a SAW base lasting four days with a focus on Peace, Development or Environment. It comprises three steps:
1) Exploring: What is the issue/problem about?
2) Responding: What does it mean for me? This should include developing a feeling of personal commitment towards the issue/problem.
3) Taking Action: What can I do? Develop a personal project of action which contributes to solving the problem

2. SAW Voluntary Service

A period of voluntary service of two weeks in order to contribute to solving a problem related to the MDGs, ideally the issue focused on during the Discovery.

3. Report on their SAW experience

Complete a report on the SAW experience (Discovery + Voluntary Service). This can be a log book, a report, a photographic record, a blog, a website, a video or other form of report as agreed with your SAW base.

The SAW Award can be completed in partnership with a section of the BP Award or the World Scout Environment Badge as long as appropriate approvals for each of the Awards have been received.
The guidelines for the SAW Award and the SAW Passport are available through your Branch Rover Scout Council and Branch Venturer Scout Council.

Want to take part? Email the Scouts of the World Project Commissioner to get organiser details.

There are many fantastic SAW Projects that have happened around the world. You can find out all about them and other information at the Scouts of the World website.

Want to run a SAW Project? Do you have a great idea for a project? Or have an existing project that meets the SAW criteria?

We are here to support you in running SAW and making it a part of the program that Scouts Australia offers our members. We can provide you with:
• Passports for all your participants
• Certificates for all the participants that complete the Award
• Support on Discoveries
• Support on Projects
• Possible partners
• Documentation from previous SAW projects

Please contact us if we can provide any assistance.

Point of Contact:

Johnathan Morey
Project Commissioner, Scouts of the World