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A Prestigious Award
Duke Of Edinburgh Award
Member Name: slender_toned
Duke Of Edinburgh Award
Advantages: Well-looked upon, Fun, Good experience
Disadvantages: Needs commitment and perseverence
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is something that is well-worth doing and will stay with you for life. Not only is it an excellent achievement but a great experience too, which I think the award tries to elicit. You can do a bronze, silver or gold award, or all three! Some people tend to start on the silver award, but you cannot do the gold without having done the silver - some people tend to skip out the bronze though. It's as if one award higher will rule out the one below.
Each award consists of three sections: a skill, a physical activity and some volunteer work. This is in addition to the trek, which you must complete for each award and is of according difficulty. The skills can take shape in any form, but there is a list in the book you receive upon initiation. Skills can include those from categories such as music, science and technology, care of animals, perfomance arts, media and communcation and life skills. There really are loads of things you can choose for this! I think I decided to construct a model car for mine.
The physical activity can be anything from running and swimming to basketball, paragliding or something else! Some of the things you will do can overlap between categories, and from what I've seen; you are allowed to let a skill cover two categories that must be completed. There is also volunteer work to be done, which can be done anywhere from somewhere like Oxfam to a care home. All of this takes quite a bit of commitment but it's well worth doing!
The trek was probably the most fun. They become increasingly difficult through the awards - the gold one will have to be completed in harsher conditions and for a lengthier period of time, whereas the bronze is a lot more straight forward for just one night. You must use orienteering skills and perseverance to trek long distances meeting checkpoints on the way. You must complete the award with a club or something, so there will always be hosts on the trek to make sure you're on the right track. You also need supervisors to sign your book for each category so you can't just cheat your way through and pretend you've been flying a plane for the last month when you weren't!
Overall it's a great award to do and I'd definitely recommend it. It' takes a bit of commitment, but once it's done you've got the award for life and I'm sure it's looked upon very highly by employers and so forth.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A great thing to achieve!
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