Top Awards (16-25 Years)

Top Awards (16-25 Years)

The Dorset Top Awards program was setup to help promote and run the Scouting Top Awards across the county. Our aim is to cover all of the awards from the Chief Scout’s Award to the Queen’s Scout Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the Explorer Belt (And Any other award available to our Senior Sections).

To help us achieve this, we run special meetings and events focused on these awards over the year, and work with our local district teams to deliver the resources available so that our members can complete the self led requirements of these awards to the best of their ability.

Our top awards team is made up of two dedicated leaders.

Andy Miles – Lead Advisor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in Dorset – Andy has been involved in Scouting for more then 40 years in multiple roles, and has led our DofE program since 2014. You can contact Andy at 

James Winchester – Lead Advisor for the Scouting Top Awards in Dorset – James has been involved in Scouting for more then 20 years in multiple roles, and has led our Top Awards program since 2020. You can contact James at 

In Scouting the Top 4 Awards to be earned before you turn 25 are: 

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award / Queens Scout Award / Explorer Belt Award / Scouts of the World Award 

To date James Winchester is the only member of Dorset Scouts to have successfully completed all four of these awards during his time as an Explorer / Network Member, and as such has first hand knowledge of the requirements, and has valid experiences to share with our members currently working on the awards.

For more information on the Top Awards, please click on the links below:


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