Can a family member be an Assessor?Family members cannot act as the Assessor for any section of the Award – except under the following circumstances on an Adventurous Journey: Scenarios 1. If your family member is helping to assess an Adventurous Journey group, there must be another assessor present who is not a family member so that a balanced view of the group’s performance can be determined. An Adventurous Journey group passes or fails as a group; there are no circumstances whereby some members will fail and others pass unless a participant had to leave the group and return home (usually because of sickness). 2. An Adventurous Journey cannot be run as a family group. Parents may not supervise or assess any journey if the group consists only of their family members. This is to ensure that all decisions around performance are made without bias, i.e. not being too hard or too lenient on the participant.
Can I do the Award before the stated ages?No.
You can start your Bronze Award in the school year that you turn 14(13 2 months) (so that you can work through your Award journey with your peers). This means that you will be able to start Silver once you have completed your Bronze Award, but you must wait until you are 16 to start your Gold Award. If you are a direct entrant to Silver (i.e. you haven't done Bronze), you can start at the age of 14 years and 9 months.