The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme epitomises the
thoughts of Aristotle.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
The value in accepting the four challenges set by the Scheme is obvious. Each requires a special dedication, both mental and physical and, while the structure of the Scheme provides specialist help in different skills, it is up to individual participants to make their own way as best they can. No lectures are provided, no exams are set. Success comes through a conscious decision to accept and take up the challenges. The Award concept offers a holistic approach that develops the physical, mental, social and spiritual well being of an individual. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting self-development scheme available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world. To date almost 5 million young people from over 110 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.
The Award is flexible and can be done by anyone aged 14–25 in their own time. Moreover, the individual chooses what activities to do depending on his interests and resources.
There are three levels of the Award in which you can participate - Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each successive level demanding increased commitment
The opportunity to participate in the Award provides a wide range of integrated learning experiences that introduces and reinforces concepts which are being developed in the College Curriculum.
The Sections of the Award
To gain an Award, all four Sections (plus an additional requirement of a Residential Project at Gold level only) must be tackled for the specified minimum period of time. The Sections are:
To encourage a sense of responsibility to the community through:
The emphasis of this Section is the regular giving of a service.
To undertake a ‘journey’ is one of life’s most valuable and enriching experiences. The impact upon the young people taking part has a profound and lasting effect. To undertake an adventurous journey can offer young people of all ages and abilities almost unlimited scope to widen their horizons of life at every level. Whatever the experience, the journey will give rise to an increased awareness of self, others and the environment. It will bring opportunities to face up to new challenges, come to terms with the unknown, it will involve a degree of risk and uncertainty and require self-reliance in pitting one’s skill, knowledge and experience against the natural elements.
The Expedition/Adventurous Journey may be by foot, bicycle, boat or horseback, or alternatively it may be an equally challenging adventurous journey. Proper training and preparation, self-sufficiency, self reliance and the exploration of new surroundings are the key elements.
To encourage the development of personal interests and learn practical skills.
There are over 200 hobby and vocational Skills from which you can choose, such as Photography, Cacti Growing, Magazine Production, and Metal Work.
To encourage improved performance and physical fitness.
Participants are required to take part in some form of organised physical recreation and show individual progress. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, archery, swimming and canoeing. The list is endless, depending on what appeals to you.
Residential Project - for Gold level only
Intended to broaden your experience through living and working with others (who are not your everyday companions) over a period of five consecutive days.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is committed to providing for young people an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and provides new experiences for those involved.
It is intended to help both the young as well as those who are concerned for their welfare. The object is to provide an introduction to worthwhile leisure activities and voluntary service; as a challenge to the individual to discover the satisfaction of achievement.
In taking part, participants develop: