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Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award


Black and white photo of Sir Edmund Hillary

  What is it? -
 "This is a voluntary, non competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge. It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part, and across the generations with adults who give up their time to share skills and help organise the programme."  from Duke Of Edinburgh website

How does it work?

Through a four section programme with three levels:
Bronze - open to all aged 14 and over and lasting at least six months
Silver - open to all aged 15 and over and lasting at least six months
Gold - open to all aged 16 and over and lasting at least 12 months 

The Sections
Service - giving help in your school or local community
Skills covering almost any non-physical hobby, skill or interest
Adventurous Journey/ Expedition - training for, practising, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle
Physical Recreation - sport, dance or fitness
Residential Project for Gold only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions. 

How do I get started?
Attend a meeting (advertised in Daily Notices) or talk to your school coordinator Joanne Monney