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Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Complete your Duke of Edinburgh experience with the Gold Award. You have to be at least 16 to take part. Sessions start from autumn 2017.

It costs £159 to take part and includes your welcome pack to get you started.

Volunteer in the community: 12 months

Understand what life is like for others in your community by volunteering one hour a week. You could take part in fundraising, coach at your local Guide group or help clean up a local beach.

Do a physical activity: 6 or 12 months

Take your sport to the next level or try something new. Popular sports include water polo, martial arts, archery, rock climbing, even tap dancing. The options are endless.

Develop a skill: 6 or 12 months

Learning a new skill improves self-esteem and confidence. And you never know, it may turn into your chosen career. Commit on average one hour a week to practice your skill.

You have to complete your physical or skills section within 12 months. You can decide which.

If you haven’t completed the Bronze or Silver Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the volunteering or the longer of the physical or skills sections.

Hiking expedition: 4 days/3 nights

The Gold expedition takes perseverance, commitment and endurance. You’ll be with your friends hiking, cooking and camping in the great outdoors for 4 days and 3 nights. The practice and qualifying expedition take place in the spring and summer.

Stay away on a residential trip: 5 days/4 nights

On a residential trip you could help rebuild footpaths with the National Trust, teach people English at a language school, work abroad in a summer camp for children, build a school in Africa or learn to snowboard in Scotland.

Locations

You can take part at venues across Essex:

Get in touch

If you need more information, email youth.work@essex.gov.uk