Giving youngsters the spirit of adventure
For more than 60 years the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life.
It’s rightly seen as a passport to a brighter future, giving youngsters the confidence, self-belief, life skills and resilience they need as they enter adulthood and is highly valued by employers and universities.
It’s great to see that our local high schools, Melton Vale Post 16 Centre, cadets, Scouts and Guides and others all buy into this, enriching young lives beyond purely academic endeavours.
At Melton Sports we have long understood that sport also has the power to change lives so it was perhaps inevitable that we would develop an outdoors range to cater for our customers’ next adventures. One of our aims is to play a small part in promoting and supporting the DofE Award scheme.
We started by becoming a supplier of official Scout and Girlguiding uniforms to which we have added walking boots and shoes, hiking socks, day and hydration packs, head torches and the like.
And this autumn we will be adding new names such as Mac in a Sac and Craghoppers (including Duke of Edinburgh approved kit) with adventure brand Vango still to come.
So what exactly is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award? Basically it’s a set of challenges designed to develop young people for life and work and in that respect little has changed since its inception in 1956.
There are three progressive award levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and a wide range of activities for anyone aged 14 to 24 which are designed to fit in around study, hobbies and social lives.
Each level comprises a volunteering, physical activity, skills and expedition section and the length of time they take and the difficulty increases as you progress.
And the beauty of the scheme is that your programme will be as unique as you are as you can pursue what most interests and excites you, whether that’s making a difference in your community or pushing personal boundaries.
It’s all about setting a challenge, feeling great when you achieve your goal and it can set you up for life.
For more information and to find your nearest centre visit www.dofe.org