Seven ways to celebrate achievements
So, your participants have completed their DofE programmes... It's a great achievement and one of which they - and you - should be really proud, as only just over half of those who start their DofE achieve an Award. Thank you for guiding them through their programmes - they couldn't have done it without you!
It's time to celebrate their achievements, and motivate them to do the next level, or for them to think about becoming a Leader to help others experience the DofE. Here's a few ideas that Leaders have told us have helped them celebrate their participants' achievements...
Dine in style
Why not arrange a meal or picnic to celebrate? You can run a 'bring and share' lunch or dinner at your regular meeting place, or a picnic in the park. If your meeting place has the facilities, why not get the participants to cook the meal for everyone, and use it as a time to share photos and videos of their DofE experiences. You could get them to create a playlist of songs they sang on their expedition, or which have some meaning for their activities. Or why not do a group booking at a local value-for-money restaurant or café? It doesn't have to be an expensive visit - look out for vouchers, or for companies that offer two-for-one restaurant deals.
Get together with the families and friends of your Award achievers and have a party, picnic or barbecue to give them a chance to reminisce and remember the fun they had doing their DofE. Check out our website to find great deals on restaurants and days out.
Create a DofE memories photobook
Get them to send you a selection of photographs of them doing their DofE - not just the expedition. Add your own photographs and use an online photobook creation service to create a permanent memory of their DofE. There are lots of free photobook apps available (you just pay postage) so this need not cost more than a few pounds per participant.
More than just a ceremony
When it comes to presenting those hard-earned Awards, make it as special as you can. It can be so much more than just handing out certificates at assembly or at the end of a club meeting. Many local halls make their facilities available for free if you use their catering or bar facilities... Invite families and friends and make a real fuss of the Award holders. This is a great example to present gifts or novelty awards to your fellow Leaders, helpers and volunteers.
Make a movie
Ask the Award achievers to create a slideshow or movie showing what they did through their programmes. Promote this on social media and show it at your next recruitment meeting or celebration event.
Create a blog post
They can share their fun by uploading their DofE photographs to a group blog and record what they did for each section, their thoughts on their experience and what it meant to them. They'll need to get the permission of anyone pictured with them for this of course.
Buy them a DofE hoodie
The DofE Achievers range of garments is exclusively available to DofE Award holders. Either use group funds or encourage the participants' parents and carers to reward their child with a hoodie or polo shirt from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Achievers range. Find out more here.