I know that there are loads of people that are under the age of 25 and from the UK here so I thought I'd raise this question.
Have you done, or will you complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and if you have - what level did you achieve?
I've just come back from my Silver expedition (48KM in 4 nights, 3 days) and it was absolutely fantastic! It's so much fun, because we literally just had a laugh whilst we were walking and at the campsite etc etc. It's a great thing to do the D of E is .... it's a load of fun whilst helping you achieve something which is recognised as something almost as important as qualifications by most if not all employers. The expedition consists of walking the distance set, on your own planned route whilst in a rucksack you carry all that you need for the three days walking and 4 nights camping (tent, food, clothes etc.) over various terrains and can be VERY challenging in some places. I'd definitely recommend that people at least consider it ..... it's a great thing to do and of course it comes in three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold. I've already completed Bronze which was a 15 mile expedition - and then there's the other aspects of the award:
Service - something in which you provide a service free of charge to the community
Physical Recreation - basically do something physical at least once a week
Skill - demonstrate your skills.
At bronze you do them for 3 months whereas at Silver that increases to 6, and finally Gold is done for longer. The D of E is definitely worth it in my opinion and I regret not opting to do Gold, but I'm more interested in concentrating on A level work.
Any further information on the award can be found here: The Award
Any opinions/comments welcome!