If you're aged 14 - 24 and want a real challenge, then the Duke of Edinburgh's Award could be for you.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised programme, which is a real adventure from beginning to end. There are three levels of the award that you can do; Bronze, Silver and Gold. The main differences between them are how long they take to complete and how challenging they are.
To achieve your award you will complete a personal programme of activities in four themed areas. These are volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. You will also need to complete a 'residential' or stay-over if you are doing your gold award.
You can choose things that get you excited and that you enjoy. Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
There are a number of organisations around Lancashire that run the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Most schools will offer their pupil's access to the award so it is best to check with them first. Uniformed organisations like scouts, guides or cadets also offer the award so if you are a member of one of these organisations it is best to ask one of your leaders about the award. The DofE website can also help you to find a group, just visit the DofE website.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is designed for all young people, no matter what ability, background or gender. For more information, just visit the DofE website.