Duke Of Edinburgh 

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Okay … so I said I would post on Monday but obviously I’m awfull and forgot it was my Duke Of Edinburgh ( DofE for short ) expedition that week and then I fell ill last week so I was trying to do absolutely nothing!😆

Then I thought why not write a post about my DofE expedition!!! So I hope you guys enjoy this and don’t find this boring!

Overview

Basically, if you don’t know what Duke Of Edinburgh is, it’s programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze (I’m doing bronze at the minute), Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awardselect and set objectives in each of the following areas:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community  – I worked in a charity shop on a Saturday for 3 hours for 6 months.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities – I joined the badminton club at my school at practiced once a week for 3 months 
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests – I learnt to cook and bake things I haven’t before for 3 months.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of – for bronze – a one night camping trip in the countryside – we went to Aberfoyle

 

  • At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

To achieve an award, you must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants: Bronze 3–6 months; Silver: 6–9 months; Gold: 12–18 months and you need to do each section for at least one hour a week. 

My Experience  

  

I’m participating in DofE as part of a team at my school lead by our geography teacher and it has about 20 people  from my year in it.

  • Firstly, for volunteering every Saturday I would go to my local Cancer Research UK charity shop and volunteer from from 11:00 till 14:00 and I would do something different t almost every time I went there! My title was stockroom assistant but I did much more than that 😝 … I did help out in the back room by putting out stock, looking through donations, doing work on the computer and sorting out stock into their own baskets ( like tops into their own basket , men’s trousers in their own one etc..) Also I would help out in the shop too by tidying up, sorting shells and helping on the till. But the best thing I did was go to the supermarket a few minutes walk from the charity shop and stand outside it and have the little donatin tin and sell pins and braclets – it was such a great experience! It felt good to be helping a charity and also give me good work experience- I would definitely recommend this as a good thing to do if you want to do DofE or just want more life/work experience. 
  • Then for the physical, I chose to go to a badminton club on a Monday after school. It was actually not as bad as I first thought it would be, as it turned out quite fun and I achieved my goal of learning how to ‘serve’ so that made it really good 😜 but I have to say it took a lot for me to stay at school on a Monday for an extra hour to do physical exercise when all I wanted to do was go home and that’s what all of my friends were doing … But thankfully I managed to complete it!!! 
  • Then for skills, I got my dad who is a chef to teach me how to cook/bake new and tasty things every weekend. I started off – for baking – really easy with cupcakes and brownies and then progressed to macaroons which were hard but really fun and so yummy!!! Also – for cooking – I started off with homemade bread and then protested to a full meal of chicken curry and a chicken stir fry and lots of other things! ( as you can see my favourite kind of meal always involve chicken 😂 ) It’s really good as I actually think this will really help me when I’m older as I used to not have a clue how to actually cook a meal but now I’m pretty confident I can make something quite tasty and healthy! 
  • Finally, for the expedition my group went to are really gorgeous part of Aberfoyle in Scotland. What we had to do was walk for six hours through hills and horrible terrain to this castle were we would set up camp, then cook our dinner, pee in the trees and then get up and walk for another six hours  all of this was with a huge backpack on our backs with everything we needed in them …. then it was over 😋 I was sharing a tent with two really nice girls who I don’t usually talk to but were literally so nice ☺️ During the first days walk, I spent the time being the slow ones at the back with a nice girl and her boyfriend so we all just made each other laugh and had a good time which made time go faster! When we got to the campsite I helped put up the tent but I was horrendous but I’m sure will improve 😭😳 …. Maybe 😓 ….. Then the dreaded thing happened ……. I need the toilet 😱😱😲😲😨😨😳😳😩😩😥😥😤😤😡😡😖😖😭😭 ….. So my leader told me to walk along this path and pick a spot (far enough away that they couldn’t see me obviously) …. Yeah that’s right I said path ……. A path I saw a couple walking on not to long ago ….. I quite frankly wanted to die at this point so I took my packet of Despicable Me 2 minion tissues ( because yeah I’m classy like that 💁🏼) and my strawberry laces flavoured hand sanitizer (because I’m such a two year old 👶🏼) and got down to business beside the biggest tee I could find quite far along this PATH and beside a massive stone that I used as 1- a table and 2- something to hold onto …… It was one of the strangest and hardest things I’ve ever done and let’s leave it at that …. All I can say is I massively missed my real toilet! 😂😭🚽 Also, we had such a laugh that night it’s that kind of funny where you can’t ever explain it to anyone not even yourself once it’s over,then we add hot chocolate that night which was heaven and heat us up fort like a second  and then I went to bed. We frezzed … Literally I was shivering and my teeth were chattering during the night and when in the morning we reluctantly got up we found out why we we so bloody cold…. The ground and our tent was covered in a thick layer of frost and icy coldness …. which made the tent damp …..and then my sleeping bag touched then sides of the tent ….. which made my sleeping bag damp…..  so basically I was having the night of my life 😂😭 but we got heated up when we started walking again. It was oiling hot … I got sunburn on my face😡 …. That’s crazy Scottish weather for you … When the end was in sight we were literally hobbling through the forest and our feet,backs and everything was in extrem pain but it all changed when we saw our white mini bus that would drive us home…something whitin us kicked in and we literally sprinted to the bus … Many selfies and high fives were exchanged with my group 😝 what made it really special was that these people weren’t my “friends” at school in the real sense of the word but they were amazing on those two days that we spent together … Sounds stupid… They probably didn’t really care I was there or anything but they were just nice that all 😆 

To top the day of when we arrived back at school the whole group hobbled of the bus, in extreme pain, with hunched back, blistered feet and with a new favourite word for every step they took “Ouch …owww… oww!!” ….. I had to walk home … And we had to take our huge backpacks home with everything still in them …. This caused pain when walking home and made me look extremely stupid!!!! 😖😳😂😭

 

But when I got home I went for the nicest bath with a lush Easter egg bath bomb which was just brilliant and my parents get me a Domminoes Pizza for my dinner so was happy 😝😝😝🍕🍕🍕🎉🎉🎉

This expedition was just a practice for the real one in June which I’m super excited and nervous for!!! If you ever get the opportunity to do Duke of Edinburgh then I strongly recommend you do as it helps you I so many different ways and is really good fun!!! I had such a great time and it made me apreciate my bed, my heating and most of all … My toilet! 😂 

Has anyone done DofE before or doing it now and what’s your experience been like?? If you have any questions about it feel free to ask in the comments below as I would be happy to answer them and please give this a like and if you haven’t already give me a follow …. I have 150 …. How … That’s so goo!!! …. My goal is 200 …. When I started this I didn’t expect one person to read this so thanks a lot guys!! 

Hope you enjoyed this different kind of post … I will try two posts this week to make up for my bad posting recently!!! 

Yours, 

Fangirling Owl

XOXO

 

Ps-the photos were taken by a girl in my group who gave us all the photos so I give her credit without saying who she is 😝

 

 

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