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Marshfields School

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What is the award?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive program of activities for anyone aged 14 – 25.  As a registered charity, it offers individuals the opportunity to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.  There are three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold and just over 7% of those aged 14 -17 in the UK participate in the Award through youth clubs, voluntary organisations, open award centres, colleges and businesses.  At any one time around 225, 000 participants are trying for an award

What we do.

At Marshfields, we start by training for the expedition, which is hard work. We have training sessions on First Aid, The Country Code, Health & Safety and Emergency Procedures and Map Reading from Ordinance Survey maps.  We then put all these new skills into practice.

In July we will have our two-day expedition, which includes an over-night camp at Wing Hall.  On Day 1 we will walk from Glaston to Wing using our map reading skills to navigate across country, then we will put up our tents and cook our evening meal on a Trangia (a small camping stove).  On Day 2 we break camp, pack up all our equipment and walk to the south side of Rutland Water.

After the expedition is complete and everyone has been assessed, we go on to complete the other sections:

Physical Windsurfing, football, netball, rowing, climbing . . .
Skills DT projects, card making, snooker, archery . . .
Service Fundraising, working in charity shops and at local schools, gardening . . .

All students that complete the Award attend a presentation evening at Peterborough Cathedral alongside The Kings School, Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough High School and other local participants.

We have now purchased eight Canadian canoes, giving this year's participants an added experience whilst on expedition on the waters around St Ives.