I have been asked for info re the Gold Award which Cat is aiming for.
So in a nutshell below is a quote from the main international website – http://www.intaward.org
and also the history of the Award programme from – http://www.challengenz.org.nz/Site/About/History.aspx
I have been a co-ordinator for 10 years basically because we live so remotely and I wanted to give my children the chance to obtain this award.
Here in New Zealand it is now operating as The Young New Zealanders Challenge – http://www.challengenz.org.nz
UK is http://www.theaward.org/
You can begin at any level depending on your age. My first 3 Gold Awardees have all been direct entrant in the Gold whereas Cat has acheived Bronze and Silver first.
Here is an overview of each stage – http://www.challengenz.org.nz/Site/About/default.aspx
It is a brilliant programme. It is also has much kudos with future employers and institutions
Check out these website for more information.
How the Award Began
by H R H The Duke of Edinburgh
“In the summer of 1938, I found myself walking five miles, as fast as I could, along country roads in Morayshire. I had never done anything like it before, and I fervently prayed I would never have to do anything like it again. It so happens my prayer was answered because I was completing – successfully as it turned out – a section of the Moray badge, a direct ancestor of what has come to be known as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
The original idea came from the same man who thought up the Outward Bound Schools and the Atlantic (now World) Colleges. Kurt Hahn had been a Rhodes Scholar and a Private Secretary to the last Imperial German Chancellor before becoming a school-master. He founded the boarding school at Salem in Germany along English public school lines, but neither this nor his Jewish background, endeared him to the Nazis and he only just managed to escape to this country in the early 1930’s. By 1935, he had founded another school at Gordonstoun and, for very good reasons which I will not go into here, I followed him there from Salem.
All this was forgotten during the war and it was only in the early ‘fifties that Hahn started to make intermittent approaches to me about a National badge scheme, based on the old Moray badge idea. By 1954, I had agreed that, if he could get a representative committee to give their approval to the general idea, I would be prepared to take the chair and thrash out the practical details.
A first draft appeared in 1955 and we sent it to all sorts of voluntary youth and other organisations for their comments. After a further round of discussions and amendments, the Scheme was launched, first in an experimental form for three years, in September 1956. Originally designed for boys only, a version suitable for girls was launched two years later, and in 1969, the two versions were merged into one, but with slightly different requirements for boys and girls.”
In New Zealand although one or two organisations started taking part in the Award in 1962, it was not until 19 July 1963 that the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson, held the inaugural meeting of the National Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in New Zealand at Government House in Wellington when a Constitution of the Award in New Zealand was drawn up. A General Secretary, Brigadier J R Page, was appointed and an Award Office on a part time basis established.
On the 27 September 1963, Prince Philip acknowledged the establishment of the Award in New Zealand and sent his formal greetings from Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people aged 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. To date over 6 million young people from over 110 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities through the Award.
The Award concept is one of individual challenge designed to encourage young people to develop into responsible, active citizens who will positively contribute towards society. It presents a balanced, non-competative and enjoyable programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perserverance, responsibility and service to the community.
There are three levels of participation: Bronze, Silver and Gold Award
The four sections that need to be completed in order to gain the Award at each level include:
Residential (Gold Award)
The Award began in 1956 in the UK and has since spread to 117 countries because both the philosophy and the four-section format have proved resilient, attractive and adaptable to many cultures, languages and climates.