The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, those participating gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
There are three levels of programme that can be completed at Abbots Bromley School: Bronze, Silver or Gold. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time taken to complete the Award, how challenging they are and the minimum age at which they can be started.
For each award level, participants have to complete a personal programme of activities in four areas plus a residential experience for the gold award.
Volunteering is about giving time to help people, the community or the environment. From conservation work on Cannock Chase to caring for animals in our Equestrian Centre, there is an endless list of the type of projects in which you can get involved.
Through the Physical section you should achieve a greater physical fitness through participation and improvement in physical activity. From hockey to dance, rock climbing to swimming– almost any dance, sport or fitness activity can count. You can join a team or do it on your own, concentrate on something you are already doing or try something completely different.
The Skills section is all about developing practical and social skills and personal interests. By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also boost your self-esteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge.
For the Expedition section you will work in a team. You will decide on an aim for your expedition, plan a route in the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales and do lots of fun training to make sure you are fully prepared.
To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you have never met before.