Participating in the Award programme is an exciting journey for young people and their families.
There are three levels to the Award—Bronze, Silver and Gold—and each level has four specific sections that participants need to complete activities in (plus a fifth at Gold level).
Developing a sense of adventure and discovery while undertaking a team journey.
Engaging in physical recreation for the improvement of health, fitness and wellbeing.
Developing personal interests, creativity or practical skills.
Volunteeriing over a set period of time.
Gold Residential Project
Sharing a purposeful experience who are not your usual companions.
How you can support your young person
The Award equips young people for life and work, whether it is through new unique activities, meeting new people or exploring an unfamiliar environment. Your child is responsible for their development and setting their Award goals. As a parent/guardian you have a role to play in helping your young person complete their Award -
- Mentor, motivate them, remind them to log their activities, encourage them on their chosen activities,
- Help them stay committed on their journey to completion,
- Celebrate their success as they achieve and accomplish activities and the Award in its entirety.
- Encourage youth to step outside their comfort zone and try new activities to broaden their experiences.
- Please note that parents/guardians CAN NOT be assessors for any section of their young person's Award
Encourage your child, but remember this journey is theirs. There will be struggles and bumps along the way as they journey to completing The Award. Your support, guidance and understanding is one of the elements that helps equip young people for the life ahead of them.
Why should your young person do the Award?
Because it’s more than just an award. It looks good on college and university applications. It looks even better on CVs and resumes and sets them apart when in the work force.
The Award gives youth an opportunity to talk about themselves in a non-academic way.
The Award allows young people to document all of the activities they do outside of their formal education. It values these experiences and illustrates just how important they are to the developing a youth into well rounded individual.
The Award recognizes the hours youth spend on activities – which is a true testament to who these young people are and their commitment.
Take a look at How the Award works to see what your child will gain through the Award.
For more information about the Award, have a look around our website or talk to your young person's Award Leader.