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Commonwealth Flotilla Success!

The Commonwealth Flotilla successfully sailed into Glasgow’s Pacific Quay on Saturday, 26th July with DofE Trustee HRH The Earl of Wessex on board.

HRH The Earl of Wessex at the Flotilla

The over 250 vessels to participate contained some DofE supporters and a lot of fun! A big hand goes to our friends at RYA Scotland for organising such a superb show of support for the Commonwealth Games! You can see more photos and get more of the story on our Storify of the event.


Gold Award Presentation Round-up

On Thursday, 3rd July over 430 young people along with their family, friends and supporters gathered in the gardens of The Palace of Holyroodhouse for the annual Gold Award Presentation.

gold award presentation

The sun was out for the young people and their presenters, who ranged from Olympian David Murdoch to singer Nina Nesbitt to ScottishPower Chief Keith Anderson. And the Tri Service Cadet band kept everyone in cheerful spirits with some of the James Bond theme tunes in their inspirational sets.

Band at Gold Award Presentation

You can find a gallery of images from the day on our Facebook page. To order your personal and group photos, please visit the Tempest Photography website.

And if you are interested in finding out more about your group, then please visit the DofE Hall of Fame for the event.

Our thanks go out to all the Marshals who so ably volunteered their time to make the event go smoothly for all involved, the feedback we have had from young people and parents so far has been fantastic which is all down to you. Thanks also to our presenters, special guests and the whole team at Holyrood Palace - we couldn’t do it without your support!

Gold award marshals

Thanks also to Purvis Marquees who kindly donated the use of their marquees as a poor weather option for the event. Despite the sun shining, we couldn’t have held the presentation without them.

And our final thanks go to all the Gold Award holders, for the dedication and perseverance they’ve shown to achieve their Gold Awards – you should all give yourselves a big pat on the back!


Bronze first at HMP Edinburgh

The first Bronze DofE Award was achieved at HMP Edinburgh this month! The young person who achieved his Bronze completed all of his DofE activities within the secure environment – an achievement which shows the creativity of both him and his Leaders.

There are a lot of opportunities for Physical and Skills in the prison. The Bronze Award holder completed his Physical by doing gym and fitness activities. His Skill was to learn plumbing. The Volunteering section and Expedition activities were a bit less obvious at the beginning.

For the Volunteering, the group decided to run charity fundraisers from within the prison. Most recently they had breakfast roll mornings for MacMillan Cancer Support, which raised over £300! And donations came mainly from the prisoners themselves.

For the Expedition, the participants mapped out a route based on an expedition from Aviemore. They went through all the required training for an expedition, like camp hygiene, map skills and first aid. They then used the fitness facilities to complete the expedition route – climbing up hills on the treadmill and using the stationary bikes for cycling. They also completed problem-solving activities like rescuing a rucksack from a bog. To complete the Expedition, they got permission and camped in the grounds of the prison, creating the full expedition experience.

The participant who completed his Bronze is the first, but definitely not the last to complete his DofE in this way.

If you’d like to learn more about DofE in residential settings, take a look at our short video:



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