For the past 60 years the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has been helping young people on their path to adulthood. It is one of the world’s leading youth achievement awards. At a time when the world is competitive and uncertain, giving your kids a full set of tools is paramount! The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award challenges young adults to push themselves in ways which are enjoyable and fulfilling. It can make a difference in so many ways; in further education, the work place and most importantly in themselves! The DofE is recognised and highly thought of by business leaders and leading authorities worldwide. It really can give participants something different to offer and help them stand out!
93% of participants feel that the programme has helped them to work in a team while 84% believe that they have become more responsible.
Participants can take part in three levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of these levels are split into four sections:
- Volunteering gives young people the chance to make a difference to people’s lives while developing skills they may not even know they had! It also allows participants the opportunity to be involved in something which is important to them, from sharing a love of reading by teaching children to read at the library to beach cleans at their local beach.
- The Physical Section aims to encourage participants to take part in a physical activity: running, hockey, yoga, water polo, ultimate Frisbee, slacklining – you name it! Physical activity improves health and fitness, is great fun and can be a way of meeting new people and developing a passion.
- Participants must also complete a Skills section. Developing skills gives young people confidence in their abilities – and you never know where those weird and wonderful skills will come in useful in later life! Participants can work on pretty much anything in this section, from learning to drive to becoming a yoyo extraordinaire.
These three sections must be done for at least an hour a week for varying lengths of time depending on which level of the award is being undertaken.
- Finally, participants must complete an Expedition (varying lengths depending on Award level). This gives participants the opportunity to have an adventure! Not to mention encouraging them to work as a team, act on their own initiative and develop a whole host of other skills.
Those completing the Gold Award must also complete a five day/four-night Residential activity.
You can find out more information about the DofE Award and how to take part on their website.