The Scouts of the World Award
The Scouts of the World Award (SW Award) has been launched in order to encourage a stronger involvement of young people in the development of society by making them more aware of the present world issues. It is open to everyone between the ages of 15 and 26 years, regardless of ability, race, faith or location. It concerns global citizenship-preparation for young adults and emphasises three core-themes demanding understanding, skills and knowledge, for life on a small planet: Peace, Environment, and Development.
The Scouts of the World Award is an initiative to help National Scout Organizations revitalize their programme for senior sections (15-26 age range, boys and girls) by giving young people the skills and opportunities to face the challenges and problems in the world. The Scouts of the World Award has been developed in the framework of the Strategic priorities “Youth Involvement” and “Adolescents” approved by the World Scout Conference in Thessaloniki in 2002.
The Scouts of the World Award is a special award showing that a young person is aware of world issues (Scouts of the World Discovery) and has acquired through a voluntary service the necessary experience and skills to become a citizen of the world.
The Scouts of the World Award should not be considered as a separate programme to be managed by a specific team or requiring the development of specific structures within a National Scout Organization. On the contrary, the Scouts of the World Award should be integrated into the programme of the senior section, under the responsibility of the National Commissioner or Director of that section.