The Scouts of the World (SoW) Award provides the opportunity for Venturer Scouts and Rovers to 'create a better world' by facing the three main challenges of the future as identified by the UN Millennium Development Goals:
PEACE, security and disarmament
DEVELOPMENT and poverty eradication
Protecting our common ENVIRONMENT
The Scouts of the World Award is granted to individuals who successfully complete:
1. SoW Discovery An adventure at a SoW base lasting four days with a focus on Peace, Development or Environment. It comprises three steps: a) Exploring: What is the issue/problem about? b) Responding: What does it mean for me? This should include developing a feeling of personal commitment towards the issue/problem. c) Taking Action: What can I do? Develop a personal project of action which contributes to solving the problem
2. SoW 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 SoW experience Complete a report on the SoW 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 SoW base.
The SoW 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 SoW Award and the SoW Passport are available through your Branch Rover Council and Branch Venturer Council. Enquiries can be made to your Region International Representatives.
Jordan Hodgson & Tom Miles International Representatives, Sydney North Region