The Duke of Edinburgh Award may seem daunting to many, which is understandable, but it is not an award designed to intimidate or humiliate you, it is an award designed to challenge and encourage you.
By learning a new skill, participating in a physical recreational activity (especially a team sport), giving service to others, and physically challenging yourself in an adventurous journey, the award provides opportunities to help grow your confidence to enter the big wide world as your own person. It can be intimidating, but once you take the first step, it is so rewarding.
Abigail C. (Year 11 student) writes:
I started the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in February 2017, and I played futsal for the physical recreation component, joined a book club with Mr Hurworth for the skill section, assisted in childcare for service and completed two two-day hikes on the Heritage Railway Trail. I found the experience extremely rewarding, and really enjoyed the fellowship on the hike especially.
This adrenaline continued over into the Silver level of the Award, which I began in March 2018. For my skill I joined a sewing group, which happened to be full of elderly ladies which allowed me to learn some useful tips as well as some interesting old housewives’ tales! For my physical recreation I continued playing futsal and for service I continued the childcare. The adventurous journey consisted of two three-day hikes along the Bibbulmun track. We had to carry all our supplies on our back and slept in tents, all in the pouring rain! While it was at times, physically challenging, it was mentally rewarding to push ourselves just a little further.
The Gold level is the highest of the award, and the most testing. Gold consists of the same components as Bronze and Silver, but also requires the participant to complete a residential project, where they stay in a different environment for a week with a group of people. Whereas for Bronze and Silver I completed the same physical recreation and service, for the Gold level I chose to completely change, and took up martial arts as a physical recreational activity and began helping at a soup kitchen as a service. I had, for a different program, begun working on an artistic piece, a graphic novel about my family history and decided to incorporate it as my new skill. The adventurous journey I plan to participate in is two four-day hikes along the Bibbulmun track, which my group has to design.