The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities. It is designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25 yrs regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.
What is the Award?
The Award is a challenging programme of activities that will help you to learn new skills, help others; experience adventure and it will give you a great sense of achievement. What's more many organisations such as employers and universities take a good view of the Award and what it says about the person who has achieved it.
What does it involve?
There are three levels, Bronze/Silver/Gold and for each one you need to complete activities in four different sections - Volunteering/Skills/Physical and Expedition.
At Gold level you also take part in a residential project, it's up to you what you do and if you need any help or support the Award leaders are there to help you. It could be something new or an activity that you already enjoy, the good news is that it is not an exam so you can not fail! The Award is about having a go and enjoying yourself, it is NOT a competition.
What will I get out of it?
self belief - self confidence
a sense of identity - independence of thought and action
a sense of responsibility - an awareness of your potential
new talents and abilities - new friendships
skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
the ability to learn from and give to others in the community
an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses