Record breaking turn out for bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
20 October 2016
Over 50 young people turned up at Youth Connexions YouthPoint Centre for Young People in Watford last Tuesday to enrol in the bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for 2016/17.
The young people, mainly Year 10 pupils, are all keen to take part in the programme with Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions. While youth workers were expecting a good turnout, that so many were keen to enrol this year exceeded even their expectations.
Youth Work Team Leader Laura Butcher said: “We were delighted with the young people’s commitment. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is becoming increasingly popular in Watford and we are very pleased that so many are choosing to take part with Youth Connexions”.
In order to accommodate demand in the area, the Watford team is looking at running an additional weekly project at YouthPoint. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award comprises four main sections: physical, skills, volunteering and expedition. While youth workers will guide young people on how to complete the first three components, the weekly project concentrates on preparing them for their expedition.
Participants learn navigation and map reading skills, how to put up a tent, cookery on a trangia and first aid. They take part in a minimum of one practice expedition and the assessed expedition – each over a period of two days and a night.