“We encouraged each other till the end” - Duke of Edinburgh Award  23/05/2019
 “We encouraged each other till the end” - Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

“We visited places we never explored and had fun living the experience till the end by never giving up, even when we got tired. We encouraged each other till the end”.

On 2nd May, 11 young people from St Margaret College Senior School set of for their 2-day qualifier  expedition as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award - Bronze Trail which is run by the Aġenzija Zgħażagħ youth workers in Kottonera. For the past months they had to learn important skills like plotting a route, how to use a first aid kit, navigating with a map and camping.

 

 

The young people had to be self-sufficient during the hike. On the first day, the weather conditions were looking good: most of the time sunny. On the second day, at first was sunny than it became cloudy, sometimes with showers. Each participant pushed through to arrive to their destination together as a team, with no one left behind. These young people have surpassed the bronze level of the expedition with great team work and in high spirits.At the end of the walk, one could notice the air of gratification on the young people’s faces.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognized award for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. The programme has a 4-section framework:

a) Service – encourages young people to volunteer their time and to understand the benefits of this service to their community.

b) Skill- encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

c) Physical Recreation- encourages young people to participate in sport or other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.

d) Adventurous Journey- encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey where participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.