|What is the Award?
Many schoolchildren over the age of 14
enjoy participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. This can
be run by some local schools or by other licensed organisations
such as the Scouts, Guides etc.
The Award is a challenging programme of activities which will
help you to learn new skills, help others and 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 and Gold - and, for each,
you complete activities in four Sections Service, Skills,
Physical Recreation and Expeditions. At the Gold level you also
take part in a Residential Project.
|It's up to you what you
do. In each Section there is a wide range of options you can
choose from or you can find other similar activities which
interest you. This could be something entirely new or you could
continue with an activity you already enjoy. The good news is
it's not an exam and you can't fail! The Award is about having a
go. It's not a competition - you just need a bit of enterprise
|Who is it for?
The Award is open to anyone between
the age of 14 and 25 years. Special qualifications are
not needed, just a willingness to have a go.
|Where can I do it?
- At your local youth club or
voluntary youth organisation
- At your school, college or
- Through your employer
There will be people on hand to offer advice, help review your
achievements and to record your successes.
|What will I get out of it?
- A sense of identity
- A sense of responsibility
- Independence - of thought and action
- An awareness of your potential
- New talents and abilities
- New relationships
- The ability to lead and work as part
of a team
- The ability to plan and use time
- Skills including problem solving,
presentation and communication
- The ability to learn from and give
to others in the community
- An understanding of your strengths
On successful completion, you will be presented with a badge
and certificate and at Gold level you are invited to a
Presentation Ceremony at one of the Royal Palaces.