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Young person’s experience of Duke of Edinburgh Award

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One of our young people has written a blog about their experience on their Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoFE).  The charity works with organisations from across the UK to help young people aged between 14 – 24 years old develop life skills and gain confidence.  Here is their story.

Hi, My name is E.  I’m 14 years old and I want to tell you my experiences on my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

I spent most of my sport science classes working hard to get myself ready for the big day! ( which happened to be on my birthday) which I wasn’t too happy about! But I stuck with it and worked with my six team mates who were just as excited but gutted as I was. On the day the three classes in my year who were doing the bronze award sang happy birthday to me which made me very happy! After we all checked to see if what we needed we all went on the coach for the big two days we have been training for! After the first day I was almost dead but as a team we all set the tents up and made dinner (which was horrible) and the best part of the day was getting into our sleeping bags and having the best sleep of our lives…not.

The next day I nearly fell off a cliff (almost died) went up loads of hills and again almost died, but we made it to the end without killing each other. It was an experience we would not do again, (until next year on Silver) which I am not excited for but it will be good for my CV.

Even though I was as red as a tomato, it was on my birthday, almost died falling off a cliff, had the biggest sun burn going, didn’t have good sleep and was so hungry, it was a good experience and we did have fun. It was a learning curve for the Silver award next year! I will be looking forward to Silver, three days in a row!

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