Duke of Edinburgh - Silver Award
Young people at Lancashire County Council's New Era centre in Accrington
have been showing their mettle this summer.
Following last year's success with the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award,
15 young people moved up to take their silver award - and their hard
work has paid off.
Paul Wright, young people's worker at New Era, said: "The group have all
worked fantastically well and have all now completed their Silver Duke
of Edinburgh award.
"In particular, undertaking the expedition in such a beautiful location
enabled the young people to really appreciate what is on offer in and
around the area where they live.
"It is encouraging to know that the majority of the group are all keen
to go on to the Gold award, so who knows - this time next year, we may
be making a trip south to see the group receive their awards at the
County Councillor Mark Perks, Cabinet Member for Young People, said:
"I'd like to add my congratulations to the silver award group. Good for
them for tackling such an ambitious programme - I'm just glad it stayed
fine for them on the outdoor section!
"I hope they are able to continue with the scheme and undertake the gold
The group undertook a wide variety of activities and projects to
complete three of the main sections of the award. These included
dancing, attending the gym, participating in different sports, learning
to play a musical instrument and learning French.
One of the key areas of the award is the volunteering section, in which
young people give something back to their community. Young people
enthusiastically offered their services for free at local churches,
Brownie groups, athletic clubs and charity shops.
The most gruelling part for those who complete the award is usually the
expedition section. The young people first undertake an intense day's
walk to give them a flavour of what is to come on the expedition and to
develop their navigational skills.
The groups then headed out at the end of April on the day of the royal
wedding. They were treated to a barbecue in the evening to celebrate the
wedding and in preparation for the walking that lay ahead - although the
young people had to bring their own food for the barbecue as part of the
Duke of Edinburgh award conditions. Luckily the weather stayed fine for
their weekend's trek.
The group then had a break to allow them to concentrate on their GCSEs
and were reunited on 1July to complete their qualifying expedition. The
group travelled to the northern part of Lancashire to undertake their
qualifying expedition around the village of Silverdale.
In glorious weather, the group completed their three-day expedition,
camping at Silverhelme Scout Camp and at a small campsite in Hutton
Roof, and were able to eat an outdoor lunch looking out at the wonderful
views that Silverdale has to offer over Morecambe Bay.
The Duke of Edinburgh award will be continuing from September at the
open award centre based at New Era Youth Club with all three awards
available to young people over the age of 14. If you are interested in
taking part, please contact Paul on 01254 300113. You can also visit the
award website at www.dofe.org/ .