Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.
Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award.
You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold).
These sections are:
Volunteering – helping someone, your community or the environment.
Physical – becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
Skills – developing existing talents or trying something new
Expedition – planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
Residential (Gold only) – staying and working away from home as part of a team
The length of time you have to spend on each section depends on the level of programme you’re doing.
WHY BOTHER WITH THE AWARD?
You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of. It’s a real buzz!
…like the fact that achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
…you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
…plus you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
And above all, it’s a great laugh!
For more information on the The Award, please visit www.dofe.org