I have completed all three Duke of Edinburgh awards bronze, silver and gold.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
The expedition entailed walking for 2 days while carrying a large backpack containing all my supplies, then setting up camp in the evenings. I showed great resilience and stamina while completing the walks in extreme heat and torrential downpours. My team exhibited strong team morale and determination. The other elements were playing chess at the school chess club, hiking and volunteering as a scout leader at Cub Scouts.
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
During the expedition, I developed excellent navigation, orienteering, map reading, organisation and team working skills. I worked hard and was driven to help motivate other team members to keep going, overcome setbacks and keep team spirit high during a tough 3-day expedition. The other elements were an online RYA Day Skipper sailing course, hillwalking and Scout leadership.
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
All elements of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award were completed. For the residential element I went on an outward-bound course where I took part in rock climbing, abseiling, caving, bouldering, scrambling and navigation skills. My positivity and enthusiasm shone through while I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to complete challenges and try new skills. I particularly enjoyed meeting new people, making friends, working as part of a team and cooking the meals in the evenings. For the other elements of the award, I learned to drive, volunteered as a Scout leader and worked out in the gym every day for the physical section. The expedition lasted for 4 days and 3 nights.