Doing Your Award

All young people aged 14 to 24 can earn The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.

Are you ready for a challenge that will change your life? Then join the global Award family!
 
 
The Award is tough: it is not easily achieved. It is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Every indivudial is different, so too are your challenges. So you can craft the acitivities to do to achieve the Award to suit you.
 
 

Three  Awards ... Five Sections

The Award is a balanced programme with a framework of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold; and five sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Adventurous Journey, plus the Residential Project at Gold level. Entry into the Award is voluntary and there is no competition between participants.

 

Sections

 

For each level, you have to complete the requirements of the five sections.

Voluntary Service

Encourages understanding of the value of giving service to others and your community.

In consultation with your Award Leader you should pick a Service activity that interests you, untertake any necessary training to allow you to contribute to and learn from the service in a meaningful way, then give regular practical service. For example, completing a First Aid course prior to working as a First Aid volunteer. Examples of service done by Dukers in Barbados are:

  • Serving breakfast for the Mother's Union Breakfast Club
  • Doing beach clean-ups along the East Coast
  • Cleaning Welchman Hall Gully
  • Fundraising for Educate Ethiopia 
  • Fundraising with Key Club

Skills

Encourages the development of personal interests and practical skills

In consultation with your Award Leader you should pick a hobby or practical skill activity that interests you. This can be something completely new, or it may be an activity of which you already have some knowledge. Once you have chosen the skill, such as playing a musical instrument, you should discuss it with your Assessor who will help you to set yourself challenging, realistic targets to achieve. Examples of skills done by Dukers in Barbados are:

  • Ballroom & Latin Dancing
  • Archery
  • Sailing
  • Karate
  • Learning a new lanuage
  • Learning how to sew

Physical Recreation

Encourages participation in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness

In consultation with your Award Leader you should pick a physical activity that interests you. This can be something completely new or it may be an activity of which you already have some knowledge. Once you have chosen the activity, you should discuss it with your Assessor who will help you to set yourself challenging, realistic targets to achieve. Examples of physical recreations done by Dukers in Barbados are:

  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Dancing
  • Karate
  • Tennis
  • Surfing

Adventurous Journey

Encourages a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group

As part of a small team (4-7 persons), you should plan, train for and undertake a journey with a clearly defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment. This will require determination, physical effort, perseverance and cooperation to complete. The journey can be an exploration or expedition or, if you are aged 18 and over, a more demanding Adenturous Journey (eg hiking Mt Everst). Your Award Leader will be able to explain the distinctions between these. Once the qualifying journey has been completed, you will have to present a report of the venture. Examples for locations Dukers in Barbabdos have been to on hikes are:

  • Mount Hillably
  • Turners Hall Woods
  • Culpepper Island
  • East Point Lighthouse
  • Jack-in-the-Box Gully
  • Bathsheba
  • Conset Bay

Gold Residential Project

Broadens your experience through involvement with others in a residential setting. (Gold Only)

The Residential Project gives participants a shared purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions, working towards a common goal. It is an experience that broadens the participant's outlook and horizons. The activity should take place over a period of at least four nights and five consecutive days. Residential Projects are usually done during the two-week Caribbean Award Sub-regional Council (CASC) regional camp which takes place annually in July/August.

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Award Units

Award Unit: Christ Church Foundation School

Award Leader Jeremy Devonish

 

Award Unit: Combermere School

Award Leader: Christil Belgrave

Award Unit: The Codrington School

Award Leader: Dawn Medford

Award Unit: The Deighton Griffith Secondary School

Award Leader: Sonja Martindale 

Award Unit: Graydon Sealy Secondary School 

Award Leader: Karen Bryan

Award Unit: Harrison College                                                      

Award Leader: Applon Parris                                                   

Award Unit: Ninasafiri  (based at Girl Guides Headquarters)                                                    

Award Leader: Wayne Ifill                                                   

Award Unit: The Open Group                                                      

Award Leader: Carla Alleyne                                                   

Award Unit: Silver Sands Church of God                                   

Award Leader: Kimita Broton    

                                             

Award Unit:  The Ellerslie Secondary School                                 

Award Leader: Anthazia Mason 

Award Unit: St. Leonards' Boys Secondary School 

Award Leader: Sheena Hurdle 

Award Unit: Princess Margaret Secondary School                                    

Award Leader: Tricia Forde 

“...sounds harmless you think to yourself, ‘why not?’ a few years later you’re at Government house shaking hands with Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex…Who would have ever imagined that years of grueling hikes, busted knee caps and lost toenails would have landed you in a place only few can imagine.”

Jamar Odwin

Gold Award Holder

Award Unit: The St. Michael School                           Award Leader: Boris Thompson 

Award Unit: The Lodge School                                Award Leader: Nya Greenidge

Award Unit: Queen's College

Award Leader: Camille Jones

Award Unit: Springer Memorial Secondary School

Award Leader: Troy Roach

Award Unit: UWI Cave Hill

Award Leader: Tanisa Gibson