The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an program available for 14-25 year olds. It has three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold and is divided into 4 sections; Volunteering, Skills, Physical and the Expedition Section. A fifth level is also available - Gold - which is a residential level.
The expedition section is run by the school and involves the young people planning, preparing for and undertaking a 2 - 4 day camping expedition.
Students would carry all of their food, drink, tent and stove (supplied by school) over their planned routes hopefully without getting too lost. Students are monitored remotely which gives the students a remarkable sense of adventure, responsibility and achievement whilst being in a safe and controlled situation.
In addition to the Expedition section we also assist students with chosing their own Volunteering, Physical and Skill activities. We find many of the students are already taking part in these as extra curricular activities and it is great to reward students for their enthusiasm and maturity. Some ideas regarding activities that could be chosen are;
School council member, School sports college member, raising money for or working for a charity, helping people less fortunate than themselves, coaching teaching and leadership, working in the environment with animals or assisting with a community organisation.
Creative arts, performing arts, care of animals, music, life skills, learning and collecting, media and communication, natural world, science and technology, games and sports.
Team sports, individual sports, water sports, raquet sports, dance, fitness, extreme sports and martial arts.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exhilerating challenge which is well respected by employers as it helps young people improve their communication, job skills, confidence and recognises and rewards young people for their hard work. It is also incredible fun and something that will give you many fond memories of when completed.
If you are aged 14+ and are interested in taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Thomas Becket please see Mr Robinson for information on how you can get involved.