NYP Achievement Pathways


The New Youth Program is made up of many new exciting elements. We'll be introducing these into our Scouting one at a time over the next 18 months. This page provides a brief outline of the key elements that make up the New Youth Program. Of course, there is a lot more to know, but this provides a quick overview.

The OUtdoor Adventure Skills

Queensland are introducing the Outdoor Adventure Skills in January of 2019



You can learn more about the Outdoor Adventure Skills here

The Outdoor Adventure Skills are a set of Achievement Pathways that focus on specifically encouraging more outdoor adventure in the Youth Program.

OAS important concepts:

  • Focus on developing personal skills
  • Human or nature powered
  • Some split into specialisation streams in higher stages
  • Involve significant interaction with the natural world
  • Lead to extended journeys and expeditions
  • In the future, will contribute to the Peak Award in any section
  • Could involve partnerships with other organisations
  • Involve Peer Assessment through the "2-down" approach
  • Are for all Youth Members - no matter the Section

The special interest areas

Queensland will introduce the Special Interest Areas in September of 2019

Special Interest Areas are six broad skill areas that you may choose to explore. Special Interest Areas are tailored to an individuals’ own interests, and require you to set your own goals for the area you are pursuing or looking to complete a project in. The challenges are set by you using Plan>Do>Review>, all within a set time frame.

The Special Interest Areas (SIAs) are:

  • Adventure & Sport
  • Arts & Literature
  • Creating a Better World
  • Environment
  • Growth & Development
  • Innovation & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The Special Interest Areas allow our Youth Members to develop and lead activities that they are passionate about - all within Scouting!

We will release more information on the SIA's in September of 2019.

Milestones & Challenge Areas

Queensland will introduce the Milestone & Challenge Areas in April of 2020

The Milestones represent three levels of achievement that a Youth Member will work through during their time in each Section.

The Milestone achievements are earned through participating, assisting and leading in activities based on the four Challenge Areas (see below).

For example, to acheive Milestone 1, a Scout will have to have 'Participated' in a large number of activities, plus have 'Assisted' in leading some activities, and must have 'Lead' a small number of activities.

To achieve Milestone 2, the Scout will have to have continued to 'Participate' in the regular program, plus have Assisted in a higher number of activities than in Milestone 1, and have Lead more activities than in Milestone 1.

THE CHALLENGE AREAS

The Milestones allow the Scout to choose to lead activities that they are passionate about - but we still need to make sure that our Youth Members are challenging themselves and trying new and different things. So, the 'Participates' 'Assists' and 'Lead' activities must be spread across the four Challenge Areas.

The Challenge Areas are a programming tool, and help our Youth Members to plan an exciting and varied pathway through the Milestone Achievements.

The Challenge Areas are:

  • Community Challenge
  • Creative Challenge
  • Outdoor Challenge
  • Personal Challenge


We will release more information on the Milestone Achievements and Challenge Areas in April of 2020, when this element is introduced.

The Peak Award

Queensland will transition to the Peak Award requirements in April of 2020.

To achieve the Peak Award in any of the Sections, the Youth Member must go on to complete:

An Adventurous Journey

A Leadership or Personal Development Course

A Personal Reflection

So, a Youth Member who has completed their Peak Award will have achieved:

Milestone 3

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Up to a defined Stage of the Outdoor Adventure Skills Core Areas

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A defined number of progressions or 'level up's' across all of the OAS Stages (including non-core Areas)

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A defined number of Special Interest Area awards, spread across a number of different categories

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An Adventurous Journey, A Leadership or Personal Development Course & a Personal Reflection

The Achievement Pathways remains the same for each of the Sections, ensuring one journey from Joey Scouts to Rover Scouts. Of course, the level of challenge in achieving each of the elements that contribute to the Peak Award grows and develops in each of the sections.

Achievement Pathway Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the new achievement pathways?

The Achievement Pathways will replace what we know as the 'Award Scheme' in the current program. This is of course the system that recognises the achievements of our Youth Members efforts through awarding badges and awards.

The New Youth Program refers to an 'achievement pathway', instead of an 'Award Scheme', because Youth Members will have much greater flexibility in choosing a pathway through Scouting that empowers them to pursue and set personal goals around interests that they are most passionate about. Of course, a framework exists to guide the Youth Members. When the Youth Member achieves their goals, they are recognised with a badge. This is quite different to the current scheme, which for the most part sets pre-established tasks for prescribed awards.


  • What are the elements of the new achievement pathways?

The new pathway elements include:

  • The Milestone Awards
  • The Special Interest Areas
  • The Outdoor Adventure Skills Areas
  • Completing an Adventurous Journey
  • Completing a Leadership or Personal Development Course
  • Achieving a Peak Award

This framework is consistent across all Sections - from Joeys to Rovers. Of course, the difficulty level is Section appropriate, and progressive.


  • What are the Challenge Areas?

The Challenge Areas represent the four key categories that Scouting activities fall under. Primarily, we use them to support program planning and to make sure that the program is engaging and diverse.

Queensland will introduce the Challenge Areas in April 2020.

The Challenge Areas are:

      • Community Challenge
      • Creative Challenge
      • Outdoor Creative
      • Personal Creative


  • How will the Milestone achievements work?

The Milestones encourage a Youth Member to regularly participate in the weekly Program, and to grow their Leadership talents - all while learning new skills and challenging themselves.

Queensland will introduce the Milestone achievements in April 2020.

There are three Milestones to work through in each Section - Milestone 1, 2 and 3. Each Milestone encourages the Youth Member to:

      • Participate in a number of Program activities (a game, a challenge, a camp etc)
      • Assist another Youth Member to run a number of Program activities
      • Lead a number of Program activities

This is known as 'Participate, Assist, Lead'.

Of course, if a Youth Member joins the section part way through, they will start working towards the appropriate Milestone. For example, a Venturer Scout that joins a unit in the second year of the section would start at Milestone 2.

The Youth Member has the flexibility to choose the activities they are passionate about and select as their Lead activity. Of course, as a whole the activities need to be balanced across the SPICES. This is achieved by ensuring a balanced mixture of activities across the 'Challenge Areas'.


  • Why have we introduced the Challenge Areas when we have the SPICES?

To achieve our Purpose, our Program must develop our Youth Members around the SPICES. However, these are sometimes hard to program around for our Younger Sections. The Challenge Areas introduce a new and interesting way to plan program, and will allow Youth Members to have greater input into the program planning.

In short, SPICES and Challenge Areas work hand in hand:

Use the Challenge Areas to Plan, and use the SPICES to Review.


  • How will the Outdoor Adventure Skills Areas Work?

The Outdoor Adventure Skills Areas introduce a new way to build more outdoor and adventurous activities into the program. There are nine OAS Areas, each representing a key type of adventurous activity. Each Area has 9 stages that a Youth Member steps through - Stage 1 being the easiest to achieve, Stage 9 being very difficult to achieve.

The OAS Areas are special, and work differently to the other badges in the NYP in that it is progressive across all of the Sections. If a Stage is earned in one Section, it is held even as the Youth Member moves into the next Section.

Queensland will introduce the OAS Areas in January 2019.

Please see the Outdoor Adventure Skills page for more information.


  • How will the Special Interest Area's Work?

The Special Interest Area's (SIA) are exciting, because they introduce a meaningful way for a Youth Member to set goals around a topic they are passionate about within a framework, and then be rewarded for achieving them.

Queensland will introduce the SIA's in September 2019.

There are six broad categories that the SIA are built around. The Youth Member gets to choose a category that best suits their passion. These categories are:

      • Adventure & Sport
      • Environment
      • Arts & Literature
      • Growth & Development
      • Creating a Better World
      • STEM & Innovation

The SIA Areas also connect to the United Nations Development Goals - furthering our support of our wider communities.


  • But where is the detail? How will the elements actually work?

The New Youth Program is still being tested by our Ground-Breaker and Pioneer Groups. This means there's still some detail to work out before introducing the elements more widely. Based on feedback, details may still be tweaked and changed. We need to get it right, so that our Youth Members have a great start when the NYP is introduced.

We'll be releasing information about the element that is being introduced at any given time.

Rest assured, an 'everything you need to know' Handbook is being prepared, which will provide Leaders and Youth Members will all of the details needed to introduce each new element.


  • Will there be a new Record Book for each section?

Yes. As the Achievement Pathways will replace the award scheme of each Section, a new Record Book will be needed - even for Joey Scouts. The Pioneer Groups are currently testing draft versions of these new books, and they continue to be updated and evolve based on their feedback.

We will likely introduce the new record books in Queensland when the Special Interest Areas are introduced to our groups in September 2019.


  • When will the new Record Books be available for purchase?

The current Record Books are still only drafts, and continue to be updated as needed to support the Pioneer Groups.

Our Groups will not need the new record books until we look to introduce the Special Interest Areas in September 2019. They will not be available for purchase until this time.


  • How will I complete my Peak Award?

The Peak Award in each section is earned by:

      • Completing the three Milestones
      • Completing a number of Special Interest Areas across a number of different categories
      • Completing up to a particular Stage in the OAS core areas, and also making a number of progressions across the 9 Areas.
      • Completing an Adventurous Journey
      • Completing a Leadership or Personal Development Course (except for Joey Scouts)

The level of difficulty of each element grows as the Youth Member progresses through the Sections.


  • What will the Journey Requirements include?

What is required for the Journey will vary for each section, but all sections will undertake a Journey of some form.

The Journey requirements will include a Plan, Do and Review element.

The proposed duration's are still being developed, but the current proposal is:

  • A Joey Scout undertakes a Journey of at least 3 hours.
  • A Cub Scout undertakes a Journey of at least 4 hours.
  • A Scout undertakes a Journey of at least 3 days and 2 nights.
  • A Venturer Scout undertakes a Journey of at least 4 days and 3 nights.
  • A Rover Scout undertakes a Journey of at least 4 days and 3 nights.

Of course, there a framework has been built to further guide and support the Journey. These will be outlined in the new Record Books and Handbook, when made available.


  • How will the Leadership Course work?

The NYP seeks to develop the Leadership skills of each Youth Member in each Section. Of course, success will be different for each Scout, but each will benefit from specific Leadership training, delivered through a course.

We're still not sure what this means for each Section, and is something we are still thinking about. We already have Leadership courses in some Sections, but not all. And how do we make sure that each Scout has a chance to attend?

Of course, it's our job to make sure that this course - whatever it ends up as being for each Section - is ready to go before the Milestones are introduced in 2020.

Why is a personal reflection required to achieve the Peak Award? Working hard over many years to achieve a Peak Award is no mean feat - and of course is celebrated and respected when the end goal is reached.

But it's true that it is the journey, not the destination, that is most important. In the celebration of achieving the Peak Award, and usually in the lead up to linking to the next Section, it's easy for a Scout to miss the opportunity to reflect on their personal journey - articulating how they have grown and the many who have helped them get there.

The personal reflection provides a moment for a Youth Member to reflect on their Journey in a meaningful way.


  • Who signs off on the badgework?

If we're talking about a Youth Lead organisation, then our Youth Members need to be empowered by their achievement pathways - particularly when they are often setting their own goals.

Scouts will sign off their peers achievements and badgework in the new achievement pathways.

At one level, this may be by the Patrol Leader. For bigger awards, this may be the Section Council.

Of course, our Adult Leaders will need to support and guide this process.


  • Will there still be a linking badge?

Absolutely, but is taking the form of an 'Introduction to Section' award.


  • How will I map from the current award scheme to the new?

No Youth Member will be disadvantaged through the introduction of the New Youth Program.

This means that for a transition period, Scouts will have the option to finish their Peak Award on the current system, or be mapped across to the new system.

A simple comparison table has been prepared that will allow Youth Members to understand how each of their current badges swaps for a new program element.

It is expected that Youth Members will be able to complete this mapping themselves, so that it is transparent and fair.


  • Should I delay starting my badgework until the new system is online?

No - please don't delay using the current award scheme. There is still quite some time before the bulk of the NYP awards will be introduced.

The first element to be introduced will be the Outdoor Adventure Skills badges, which will operate in parallel to the current award scheme - they won't replace any element for some time.

So, carry on using the current award scheme until we let everyone know that we are ready to change. When we do, there will also be a transition period.


  • Will I need to start my badgework again?

No.

A simple comparison table has been prepared that will allow Youth Members to understand how each of their current badges swaps for a new program badge.

It is expected that Youth Members will be able to complete this mapping themselves, so that it is transparent and fair.


  • Will I be allowed to finish my Peak Award on the current award scheme?

Yes, there will be a transition period that will allow Scouts who have made good progress in the current award scheme to finish on the current award scheme.

If they run out of time before the end of the transition period, they will be mapped across to the new scheme, and will achieve the new Peak Award.


  • How will we ensure that no youth member is disadvantaged during the transition?

No Youth Member will be disadvantaged through the introduction of the New Youth Program.

This means that for a transition period, Scouts will have the option to finish their Peak Award on the current system, or be mapped across to the new system.

A simple comparison table has been prepared that will allow Youth Members to understand how each of their current badges swaps for a new program badge.

It is expected that Youth Members will be able to complete this mapping themselves, so that it is transparent and fair.


  • When will badges be available?

Queensland will introduce different elements of the NYP one by one, so that we can all move forward together, and support each other.

We will make badges available at the same time as introducing the next element they relate to.

The badges will eventually be purchased from the National Store, as they are now. At the moment, we are still finalising the supply of these, following the recent branding update - stay tuned.


  • What do the new badges look like?

We're not sure yet.

As we are reviewing the whole program, we have a rare opportunity to design our style and graphics to be consistent and appealing across all of our new resources. And so, the new designs are being developed.

Temporary badges have been produced as 'placeholders' for our Pioneer Groups. These are purple, and will be replaced with the new designs when they are ready.

Queensland will introduce the OAS Areas in early 2019, and will likely use the Pioneer badges until the new are available. We'll let you know when the supply chain has been confirmed.


  • Is there going to be an app for record keeping?

Yes, however it will take time to build. So, in the meantime, we'll use two separate books - one that replaces the current Record Book, and a second that is used for the OAS Areas.

The OAS Pioneer booklet is separate, as these are not Section specific and can be earned at any time. So, the OAS record book needs to progress onto the next section along with the Scout.


  • Our group has a stockpile of badges for the current award scheme – can these still be used in the New Program?

No. The current badges will be replaced in the new system - but this won't be for some time, so there is time to use up the stock you have.