Expand your horizons, learn valuable life skills and test your limits with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and get your hands on a cool Duke of Edinburgh hoodie!
Over the last seventy years, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has empowered and inspired young people across the globe. Founded in 1956 by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, the scheme has expanded exponentially, and today runs in more than 144 different countries across the world.
"The Duke of Edinburgh Award is recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award."
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. It provides young people with the opportunity to test their mettle, and giving them the tools they need to go out into the world, capable and confident – knowing that they have what it takes to achieve anything they set their mind to.
What Participants Can Achieve
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has three distinct levels – gold, silver and bronze. Each award takes between a single year and four years to complete. Young people between the ages of fourteen to twenty-five are invited to join the roughly 300,000 annual participants worldwide annually.
To achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award, participants must prove their competence, and meet objectives in each of the following areas:
Volunteering: a commitment to complete a service for a community or individual
Physical: a commitment to complete a sports, dance or fitness activities, improving physical well-being
Skills: a commitment to developing practical and social skills, in an area of personal interest
Expedition: a commitment to plan and embark on a trip of adventure in either the UK or abroad.
Those shooting for the highest possible level of attainment – the Gold Award must also complete a residential program. Participants are asked to complete a period of five days, living independently and working away from home engaged on a shared activity.
"The silver D of E Award typically takes between 6-9 months to attain, whereas the gold Duke of Edinburgh Award takes between 12-18 months to attain."
The commitment required to achieve a bronze, silver or gold award grows as participant’s progress up the awards. This teaches young people that value of working hard to achieve goals and the ability to learn how committing to achieving goals can reap great rewards.
Those shooting for a bronze D of E Award are expected to commit to between 3 to 6 months to achieving the award. The silver D of E Award typically takes between 6-9 months to attain, whereas the gold Duke of Edinburgh Award takes between 12-18 months to attain.
To get the most out of the experience and ensure that you keep progressing, participants devote spend a certain amount of time each week to the programme. Like anything else, participants get out what they put in to each stage of the award.
What Participants Can Expect
"Those up for camping or hiking would be hard-pressed to find a better way to stay warm comfortable than with a Duke of Edinburgh hoodie."
Fun! Young people with a sense of adventure, a desire to experience new things, or test themselves in unfamiliar environments will have their expectations exceeded when they undertake a Duke of Edinburgh Award. For a list of activities that you could get involved in, click this link.
Those up for camping or hiking would be hard-pressed to find a better way to stay warm comfortable than with a Duke of Edinburgh hoodie. No matter how much the temperature may drop, these hoodies will make sure that you don’t feel the bite in the air.
Participants aiming to traverse urban jungles running freely, testing their parkour skills to maximum can do so – and earn the physical objective of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, looking stylish in a Duke of Edinburgh hooded top.
Then again, running freely isn’t for everyone. Participants with a flair for design and bundles of creativity can put their talent to good use, and boost their skills by choosing website design from the skills section of the award. You may even want to build a website documenting your positive experiences on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme!
Who Participants Will Be Following in the Footsteps Of
"Young people all over the world can learn, grow, achieve their potential and have fun whilst doing it."
Many a famous face has stood in front of the Duke of Edinburgh, receiving their award and developed the confidence and skills needed to go on to great success in their life – picking up a d of e hoodie or two along the way!
Participants can walk the same path as Kate Middleton, who picked up a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from her future grandfather-in-law. Nick Grimshaw, future Radio One host, who is in proud possession of a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and Adventurer and TV Presenter extraordinaire, Ben Fogle, who has a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award to his name.
Having celebrated its 70th birthday earlier this year, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme shows no sign of declining in popularity. Thanks to the tireless efforts of committed organisers, young people all over the world can learn, grow, achieve their potential and have fun whilst doing it, picking up a Duke of Edinburgh hoodie along the way!
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