Duke of Edinburgh award: is it really worth it?Watch this thread
1) Self confidence
2) Meet variety of people - my leader is ex-SAS
3) Give something back to community
4) Loads of new skills
6) Can be used on forms
7) Self satisfaction
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I'm only going to be able to do bronze or maybe silver too before I apply for Uni, and i was just wondering if it actually adds anything valuable to your UCAS form? Seems an awful lot of bother to arrange all the different things you have to do for it.
I did it solely because I thought it would be fun and that I really love exercise (especially camping, mountain climbing etc.....).
I've got 2 more expeditions to do this summer in july. We're doing ours in Devon. Out on the moors again!
I skipped bronze and silver and went straight on to gold.
that will be exactly my case
Although it's nothing to do with the subjects that you are going to do in Uni, however it's still worth to put it down because it shows that you have a 'all-a-round' talent and can overcome challenges.
By the way, I'm in a bit of a mess coz I haven't done much supervised sport........ Can any1 help? Any suggestions?
Don't bother if you're not going to enjoy it. I know this really annoying girl who just crammed her statement full of extra-c. activities like this and hated all of them. She was a drain on the rest of the group and didn't even get very far with offers. Only do it if its something you'll enjoy, UCAS don't care
I've done 3 day practise for Silver and it was awesome as well in parts cracking jokes. Everyone got a Harry Potter character and we just went back and forwards with Potter jokes (bad ones!!), but at times was awful. The second night my sleeping bag got wet so I was shivering all night in the wet and felt like crap the next day. I'm not going to bother with doing it again, if anything I'll just say i'm still doing Silver on my form, if at all.
I loved the DoE award. In HK we now call it the HK Award for Young People (HKAYP) cos we're no longer a Brit colony but it's exactly the same as before. I did Bronze and Silver and I wish my school would offer Gold. A few of my friends and i would defintely go for it if it's available in my school. The only other way to do it is with other schools...but they were all doing it when we did Silver...so it was too late for us. *bleh* The long hiking can be a pain...but I don't mind it too much cos I love the outdoors and hiking / camping is actually rather fun. I would recommend it.
I think doing D of E in HK must be more difficult than in the UK as HK is such a hot place to go for hiking. It must be so humid and get sweat easily. Yea gold award is so much fun than bronze (i don't know abt silver coz i skipped it). We even went to Pyrenees, France for our gold expedition for 6 days. Tough but we had so much fun. Maybe you can go for the gold award when you come to the UK, in sept right?
I was going to do Bronze DoE, but I hate expeditions, so it put me off.
Tennis lesson probably? or hockey?
Can I complete it next year in uni? or is there a time limit?