Africa Scout Award

This is the highest and only award given by the Africa Scout Committee to Scouts from Africa for their exemplary contribution to the cause of Scouting at their local, national and international communities. The award will is given in form of a golden pin and an accompanying certificate of merit.

Rationale for the Award
Recognitions for exceptional services and contributions should be a vital part of any dynamic, vibrant and growing organization. Scouting as an educational Youth movement should thus focus on recognising the boys and girls within the ranks and files of its members who are the true “owners” of the Movement. By recognizing Scouts for their contributions and exceptional services we shall send a strong message to everyone, including the Scouting fraternity, that hard work, creativity and exceptional services to Scouting and its cause are not going to be ignored or taken for granted. It is also going to be a way of telling the individual award recipients that what they did make a difference. By this award, we shall be telling the world that Scouting in Africa is no better than what the individual Scouts are collectively doing and contributing to the society at large." Putting youth at the centre of the ASA will in turn lead to a mental reawakening on the role of youth in development and position Scouting in Africa as a key contributor to the concept of Youth for Change.

Purpose of the Award
The ASA is intended to:
1. Contribute the development of communities through different initiatives by Scouts
2. Contribute to the enhanced intake of the Scout Programme
3. Appreciate the role played by Scouts in creating a better world
4. Inspire the Scouts to discover their potentials
5. Motivate the Scouts to gain a greater self-belief in themselves and acquire useful life skills
6. Promote youth involvement and participation at all levels of NSOs and to
7. Encourage the concept of Leadership development and Youth for Change

Prerequisites for the Award
Before a Scout qualifies for the ASA, he/she should:
1. Have been an active Scout for minimum of 2 years before the time of the award.
2. Have acquired a minimum of second level highest Scout section Badge
3. Have participated in a community project for a minimum of 6 months or be engaged in a Troop project, which highlights any of the ASA areas of focus.
4. Be a registered member of his/her NSO

Automatic Qualification for ASA:
A Holder of a Presidential recognition due to contribution to National Developmental goals through Scouting will automatically qualify for ASA as long as they are registered members of their NSO.

Award Criteria
To qualify to be granted ASA, an awardee needs to meet the following criteria:
1. Meet all the prerequisites for the award
2. Present an application based on any of the ASA areas of focus
3. Have their nominations submitted by their respective NSOs
4. Each nomination should be accompanied by a nomination support letter from their NSO who shall serve as the nominator providing a brief summary of the achievements of the awardee.
5. Awards shall be granted based on individual merit in comparison with all the nominations received after ranking by the Regional Awards Committee 6. Consideration for the award shall be based on nominations received within the stipulated period

For further information on the Award please contact your respective National Scout Organisation or the Africa Support Centre on africa@scout.org

Receipients of the Africa Scout Award

Since its introduction, the following have so far been conferred with the Africa Scout Award:

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