Today i was joined by a young man and his mum who had expressed an interest in the learning more about the hills and mountains to progress through the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
After a “classroom” session and introducing myself last week, we headed out into the local hills for a few hours of putting theory into practice. This is normally where i notice who has been listening and who hasn’t.
In the case of this young man he had definitely been listening. We focused upon “ticking off” and “catching” features, contour interpretation and map memory.
The Duke of Edinburgh award is a great tool for a young adult to take advantage of. It strengthens their C.V. or UCAS application when compared to other applicants and places the young adult in situations away from computers and televisions.
How rarely is this achieved for the majority of young adults in western culture? This is why i like the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. It allows young adults to stand out and shine.
As much as i tried to distract him today he was having none of it. Good, solid navigation and at ease with the map. Plenty of the DofE scheme still to cover but a firm start. Well done.
I offer Duke of Edinburgh support and tuition for young adults in the Peak District. I am an accredited supervisor for the DofE award by Derbyshire county council and teach classroom and practical sessions.
If you are interested in seeking my support please email or call me on 07792008862.