Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at CATS College Canterbury
22 April 2021
Sixty-five years ago, HRH Prince Philip established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, commonly known as the DofE. He leaves behind an incredible legacy. In the UK alone 6.7 million young people have benefitted from taking on the personal challenge of a DofE Award and CATS College Canterbury is proud to participate in the programme.
The aim of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards is to help young people develop into individuals who can work as part of a team and plan projects. The awards enable students to work independently and build leadership qualities, confidence and resilience, amongst many other transferable skills needed for university or the workplace.
At CATS Canterbury, our students are given the opportunity to take part in the DofE programmes at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity. Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location.
Achieving an Award is not a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their selfesteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, teamworking, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications.
Although the global pandemic has had an impact on the ability to complete certain activities and the final expeditions, our current students are continuing to work towards completing their logs and obtaining their certificates of achievement. Football and netball were popular physical activities, as well as the obligatory hiking. Skills included cooking, drawing and chess in addition to mapping and orientation. Expedition preparation taught the group how to pitch a tent and use a variety of camping equipment.
All participants across the generations are being invited by the DofE Award organisation to share their memories in order to build a collection of inspirational stories. Share your #DofEThanks on social media.
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