10th June 2018

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award

The Chief Scout’s Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout’s Awards, and the final step before the Queen’s Scout Award.

To gain the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, members must complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 12 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.
  • Complete 12 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which eight must be camping. This may include the nights counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award. Nights away must be different from any other nights away used in the other sections of this award.
  • Complete four activities from the list of International, Community and Values activities. This should include at least one from each area of the list and can include the activities completed for the International, Community and Values list as part of the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.
  • Hold the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, or complete the four Diamond Challenges, which are:
    • take up a skill for three or six months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.
    • take up a physical activity for three or six months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement.#provide service to an individual or the community for six months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This many include helping with another section as a Young Leader or regularly helping at in the community at places such as a soup kitchen or animal shelter.
    • complete a three day and two night expedition in rural or open country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.
    • All Members should complete six months in either the physical activity or the skill.

Members who have not completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award must undertake an extra six months in either the Service Challenge or the longer of the Skills or Physical Recreation Challenge.

Guidance: Reach the Top

The refreshed Reach the Top guide offers support for members who are working towards their Chief Scout’s Platinum and Chief Scout’s Diamond Award.
Download the Reach the Top guide for Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members, Leaders and Commissioners.

A logbook is now available to help Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members to track the activities they have completed towards their award. It can be found here.


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.