It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there's more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
From the first day to the last it's a real adventure. Every section (and at Bronze and Silver there are 4: Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Expedition) gives you something different - that's the fun of it! 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.
- 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).
- 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 - the question should really be why you wouldn't bother?
You can do programmes at 3 levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
- Bronze Award in Year 9
- Silver in Year 10
- Gold in Years 12 & 13.
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in 4 sections (5 if you're going for Gold) – Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you'll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
If you need any further information, talk to the staff involved in the running of D of E at Broughton Hall and they'll be able to help you!
You can also try the Duke of Edinburgh website www.dofe.org for any extra information.