Troop Star Awards

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Troop Star Awards

Award levels

  • Participation Award: <5 Aspects achieved
  • Bronze Award: 6-8 Aspects achieved
  • Silver Award: 9-11 Aspects achieved
  • Gold Award: 12-14 Aspects achieved


  1. Outdoors: Troop outdoor activities (away from the hall) held this year e.g. Hike, day trip, or special wide games: (4+)
  2. Patrol System: 50% patrols have achieved a Bronze or higher award. (50%+)
  3. Troop Camping: Number of nights that all patrols have camped together as a Troop away from their hall: (2+)
  4. Advancement: Percentage of scouts that have earned at least 3 theme badges during the year: (65%+)
  5. Interest Badges: % of Scouts that have gained at least one Interest or Scoutcraft badge during the year: (65%+)
  6. Participation: Number of District or Regional activities attended during the year: (2+)
  7. National Challenge: Number of SDG badges or Tide Turners badges earned by the Troop: (10+)
  8. Retention: % of scouts on last year's census who would be under 18 and have remained in the Troop at this year's census: (65%+)
  9. Recruitment: Number of scouts recruited during the year (3+)
  10. Number of Scouts: Number of scouts in the Troop. (10+)
  11. Scouter Advancement: Each Scouter has attended a recognised training course or training workshop in the year. (Yes/No)
  12. Troop Records: During the year the following records were maintained (2+)
    1. Up to date progress chart displayed
    2. Year at a glance / Programme plan
    3. Troop equipment list
    4. Scouts Digital records up to date
  13. Communications: There is an updated notice board and at least 2 newsletters. (Yes/No)
  14. Court of Honour: The number of Court of Honour meetings attended by each of the Patrol Leaders in the evaluation year (4+)

Guide to completing the Troop Star Award form

  1. Outdoors: – an outdoor adventure is an exciting, challenging experience, which is characterised by uncertainty of outcome and perceived risk. Examples could be a hike into new territory or a wide game away from the hall. These activities are not usual Scout meetings and are held away from the usual meeting place.
  2. Patrol System: – This is fundamental to Scouting. Every Patrol needs to be evaluated for a Patrol star award. Each Patrol should participate and strive to achieve a Bronze award, while the Gold Award should be the goal.
  3. Troop Camping: – The nights do not have to be consecutive. More than 50% of the Troop should have attended. Overnight Troop hikes may be included if not used under the outdoor section. The evaluator must comment on the variety of venues.
  4. Advancement: – Have earned Theme badges in their respective Advancement levels or have advanced this year to a new level; Membership, Traveller, Discoverer, First Class or Springbok.
  5. Interest Badges: – Earned this year, this includes Scoutcraft badges.
  6. Participation: - The Troop must be represented by at least 2 Patrol-sized groups at events.
  7. National Challenge: - Total number of SDG badges earned by the Scouts in the evaluation year – this is to encourage participation in the SDG challenge and build awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  8. Retention: – Members lost through reasons beyond the control of the Troop do not count against the Troop. (e.g. Transfers out of the District or becoming 18 years old)
  9. Recruitment: this may include cubs coming up and new recruits during the year.
  10. Number of Scouts: – total number of registered scouts at the last day of November. Compare with census figures (there should not be a vast difference). Should be the same numbers as the top of evaluation sheet.
  11. Scouter Advancement: Each Scouter must attend/complete some form of recognised and Scouting relevant training or workshops. This can be within the Scout Movement, or at University, Work, School, Private Tuition, etc.
  12. Troop Records: – records to be simple and up to date.
  13. Communication: – A simple display and printed or easily accessible newsletter used to publicise achievements and promote events. As well as up to date notice of time of meeting for public to see. Email communication can be counted, provided that the evaluator can see proof of the regular emails.
  14. Court of Honour: - Attendance and minutes to be kept in a Court of Honour log book.

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