Awards

Queen's Guide Award

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The Queen’s Guide award is the highest award you can work towards in guiding

It gives you the chance to develop your skills, whilst contributing to guiding and your local community at an impressive level. It is open to members aged 16 to 25 and must be completed within three years from the start date or before your 26th birthday, whichever is sooner.

Why should I get involved?

It is not just a personal achievement – it's life changing. - Hannah, Rainbow and Brownie leader

The Queen’s Guide award isn’t just a great achievement to share with other members of Girlguiding. Potential employers and further education institutions will also be impressed with your accomplishment. The award shows you've challenged yourself and achieved your goals, across a range of different disciplines.

The programme can also be matched with activities you are already doing in guiding, meaning you can get more than one award for the challenges you are taking on.

If you've taken part in Action for Change, you can count your efforts towards the Service in guiding section of your Queen's Guide award. Find out more on our Action for Change pages. 

What does it entail?

The award is based on the concepts of personal challenge and participation and is split into five sections.

  • Service in guiding – take an active role in guiding at a range of levels.
  • Outdoor challenge – build your 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.

Don't forget - if you are working towards your Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) you could do one residential to count towards both awards – you just need to make sure it's long enough! Check with both your Queen’s Guide award coordinator and DofE adviser to make sure you are fulfilling the requirements of both awards.

Get started

Download the updated syllabus to find out exactly what you can take on as part of the Queen's Guide award.

Queen's Guide award resource

To make it clearer what opportunities count towards Service in guiding element four (SIG4) of the Queen's Guide award, we’ve created an icon that can be used to show that something meets the element criteria.

This icon is made to be used online or in print. Candidates can look out for this when choosing what do to do for this part of the award.

To find out how to use the icon correctly, download the guidelines.

You can download the icon here.

We've created a template form that can be used in counties and regions to request that the SIG 4 icon is added to an opportunity.

Changes to the Queen's Guide award

We've made some changes to two elements of the Queen's Guide award. 

You can find out what's new by reading our blog post on the updates or downloading our guidance for coordinators, mentors and volunteers.