At 2523 Linton Squadron all cadets over the age of 14 have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
The award is recognized by employers as showing commitment, a willingness to take on new challenges, self confidence, leadership qualities and the ability to work as part of a team
The award has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. All levels include four areas of activity which must all be completed successfully. The Gold award has an additional 5th activity which must also be completed. The activity areas are:
Helping others in the local community.
Training for, and planning of a journey.
Demonstrate ability in almost any hobby, skill or interest
Sport, dance and fitness.
Residential Project (Gold Award only)
A purposeful enterprise with young people not previously known to the participant
The Bronze Award can be undertaken by cadets aged 14+. The award requires planning and undertaking a two day, one night expedition and three months commitment to each of the other three activity areas.
The Silver Award can be undertaken by cadets aged 15+. The award requires planning and undertaking a three day, two night expedition and six months commitment to volunteering. The other activity areas require a commitment of three months to one and six months to the other.
The Gold Award can be undertaken by cadets aged 16+. The award requires planning and undertaking a four day, three night expedition and twelve months commitment to volunteering. The other activity areas require a commitment of twelve months to one and six months to the other. In addition there is a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.
All the levels are monitored and assessed by Squadron staff.