Duke of Edinburgh Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a voluntary self development program which provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to challenge themselves through a range of extra curricular activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is conducted at Thomas Carr College and students in Year 9 and above (aged 14+) are able to participate. The Award is a non competitive program involving community service and adventure based activities of a practical and physical nature. These activities provide opportunities for the student to acquire and develop skills, initiative and self esteem. Achievement in The Duke of Edinburgh Award, especially the Silver and Gold Awards, has been recognised by many employers when choosing applicants for employment.
There are three Award levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold, with the requirements of each level becoming progressively more demanding. Year 9 students commence at the Bronze level.
Joining the Award is not compulsory; it is available to those who are prepared to take up the additional challenges and learning experiences that it offers. The most important aspect to be remembered is that a sustained interest is required in whatever activities are taken up. At Bronze, the minimum time commitment for each component (Service, Skill and Physical Recreation) is 3 months, with one needing to be extended to 6 months. There is also an expectation to complete two Adventurous Journeys of 2 days and 1 night, including training and 1 practice journey.
The cost of joining at the Bronze level is $250. This fee covers registration, the cost of the official Record Book, certification, insurance and most costs associated with the Adventurous Journey section. A further fee applies, prior to the commencement of Silver and Gold, should your child choose to continue.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Ms Solier at the College. Further information on The Award can be viewed by visiting www.dukeofed.org.au