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Why did you decide to do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award?

I liked the idea of doing the expedition as I really enjoy being outside and walking in the countryside. It’s a five-day, four-night adventure!

What did you do for each of the sections of the Award?

For the Volunteering part, I volunteered as a Young Leader at 7th Epsom Cub Scouts. For the Skills section I worked to develop my chess-playing skills through the College’s Chess Club. Then for the Physical section I picked gravel cycling and for the five days, four nights of the Residential section, I went as an Explorer Scout and stayed with a Belgian Scout group near Brussels.

What has been the highlight of the Gold D of E Award?

For me, it was the expedition to the Brecon Beacons at the end of my Lower Sixth. As well as improving my map reading skills and learning how to work as a team, it was a brilliant opportunity for making friends.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m hoping to study Environmental Geoscience at Bristol University.

Oscar, 2024

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