Silver DofE Award
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By Cdt Cameron Tawn - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme was founded in 1956 by Prince Philip and ever since that year, Prince Philip has expanded the scheme to over 140 different countries worldwide providing new skills and opportunities to people aged 14 and upwards.
I enrolled my Silver Award on the 28th of April 2015 and then finished it on the 21st of January 2016. For my volunteering, I helped out at the Thurgoland Out Of School whilst extending my work experience in Public Services and teaching infants new skills. I really enjoyed volunteering there and I hope pupils enjoyed me working with them too? I had chosen to do this section over six months.
For my physical, I decided to do Mountain Biking in the open forests (Dalby Forest and Sherwood Pines) and was with other cadets from our squadron. I had enjoyed this very much and even started to take it up as a hobby. My aim was to improve physical fitness and I had chosen to do this over three months.
For completing the Skills section, I had taken part in furthering my First Aid training. I found this useful as it refreshed my mind with skills, as over time you can forget them. I had chosen to do this over six months.
The expeditions in Silver lasted three days in a harsher environment than I had experienced in my Bronze award. I did my practice expedition in the Yorkshire Dales over three days, this overall was a struggle, but we managed to complete it. I then did my Qualifying expedition in Nottinghamshire over three days. Both expeditions were quite a challenge to me and the group, but we had plenty of fun along the way.
I thoroughly do recommend anyone, even if you aren’t in a cadet force, to sign up and complete the DofE Award as you can benefit from it in many ways.
For more information please visit the Squadron website