Commonwealth Day – MONDAY 10th MARCH – Sport Your Trainers
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be here in less than six months!
Monday 10th March is Commonwealth Day, part of a weeklong celebration of the unity, diversity and links of the modern Commonwealth.
Visit our Commonwealth Connections page to find out more about the rewards on offer for you this week!
The 6th of March is World Book Day and to celebrate we thought we'd share this nice poem by Gold Award holder Becca Sproat. Do you have any DofE-inspired thoughts or books to share? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Scotland@DofE.org
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The DofE is a journey
From beginning to end
With physical and mental challenges
That can drive you round the bend
Bronze and Silver
And Gold level too
Each one a little bit harder
Each one there to test you
On physical and mental strength
On your ability to see things through
On your skills in teamwork
And anything else you have to do
Skill, Service and Physical
Not forgetting Expedition
I can tell you from experience
That it is quite a mission
Four sections in total
But with Gold there is one more
This is the Residential
Where your ideas start to grow
A journey that you will never forget
Comes from doing an award
At the time it seems to take forever
But at least you never get bored
So here is a thought
To think about for a bit
It doesn't matter who you are or where you’re from
I recommend you go for it
It is with great sadness that the DofE in Scotland learnt of the passing of Ron Alexander, a long time volunteer and friend of the DofE.
Ron had been a DofE Adviser for the Clyde Region of The Scottish Council The Scout Association for the last 18 years and a Scout leader for nearly four decades. Ron’s dedication to young people in the Clyde area was recognised in 2012 when he was presented with the Silver Wolf Award – the highest Award for a leader in The Scout Association. Ron’s commitment to the DofE will be widely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
With all the white stuff still covering the tops (and sometimes still the bottoms!) of Scotland’s hills you’d be forgiven for thinking the 2014 Expedition season was still far away, but it’s less than a month until the big kick-off. We know that a lot of you start practices soon and we wanted to remind you of a few things to take into account when you’re planning your adventures this year.
- Help us help the wildlife!
Scotland’s home to a wide range of wildlife and some areas are designated for the protection of at-risk species, like the Blackcock in the Trossachs. Remember to check your route for these types of areas.
- Break new tracks!
We know that Cairngorms and the Trossachs are well loved and used Expedition areas, but the large amount of groups going out there puts a lot of pressure on the area. Help us cool down the ‘hot’ spots by trying other expedition areas. Galloway Hills and Lowther Hills are a great nearby options for groups in the east with lots of quieter routes worth exploring.
- Don’t forget to keep us in the loop!
If you are planning an expedition in wild country you MUST fill in a green form and send it to the appropriate Expedition Area Co-ordinator AT LEAST 6 weeks in advance of your expedition.
- Get trained up!
If you’re interested in becoming a DofE Supervisor or Assessor please have a look at the many training courses on offer. We’re always adding new ones, so if there isn’t one in your area listed right now make sure you check back.
- Keep the peace with the sheep!
A lot of land you might cross will be used for agriculture. Find out what’s going on in the countryside so that you know how to keep the farm animals happy.
- Watch your feet
Make sure you know the access code before you go and leave no trace! Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
- Have a blast!
The Expedition is all about getting out there and enjoying everything that the great outdoors has to offer. We want to hear all about your adventures, creative expedition aims and general fun times. We'll even make you 'famous' by posting your great stories here so get in touch!
If you have any questions about planning your expedition, or have things you would like to see added to this list, get in touch with us Scotland@DofE.org or 0131 343 0920.
It’s Legacy Week 2014! Monday 24th February marks less than 150 days to go until the biggest sporting and cultural event in Scotland and Glasgow’s history – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!
Legacy Week is an opportunity to share, explore and grow the legacy of the Commonwealth Games. DofE Scotland has a lot of things going on as part of the Commonwealth Connections legacy project.
Sign up for the Flag a Munro Challenge and get climbing! You can also take the Young Scot Commonwealth Quiz or involved in other Legacy 2014 Rewards.
This week we’ll be making a big announcement about how you can get involved if you’re not flagging a Munro. We also have a special discount for DofE participants and volunteers to release this week – so keep up with us here on the website and on our Facebook and Twitter.
Throughout the week, legacy projects, programmes and partners will show how the Games are benefiting people in Scotland. You can find out more about projects going on in your area on the Legacy 2014 website.
Are you involved in a Legacy project? We want to hear about it! Pop us a message about your DofE group legacy at Scotland@DofE.org
We’ve just launched Commonwealth Youth Summit 2014! In partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council we’re inviting all young people with a leadership role in their community to join us in Dumfries 6-9 June for a weekend of learning and sharing.
The weekend will feature an exciting line-up of keynote speakers and presenters from the business, sporting and community sectors across the UK. We’re delighted that Becky Adlington OBE, swimming Olympic and Commonwealth Gold medallist, will be our main speaker for the weekend.
Young people participating in the summit will be staying in a jamboree style campsite for the weekend in the town’s main park, Dock Park.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of a Legacy 2014 event with other young people from all across Scotland and the Commonwealth. Don’t miss out! Sign up today and get more information at www.youthsummit2014.com
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