The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a registered charity, is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time. Just over 7% of through their Awards, learning new skills and making friends themselves along the way.

The ATC has 2 Adventure Training centres, Llanbedr in North Wales and Windermere in Cumbria. These centres offer adventure training opportunities in those in the UK aged 14-17 participate in the Award, through Award Groups in youth clubs, voluntary organisations, Open Award Centres, schools, colleges, young offender institutes and businesses.

The Award is a four Section Programme with three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Sections involve: Service (helping the community); Skills (a hobby, skill or interest); Physical Recreation (sports, dance, fitness); Expeditions (on foot, cycle, horseback, or water); Residential Project – Gold only (an enterprise with people not known to the participant). Each year, Award Participants provide over 2 million hours of service to the community whilst, in the expeditions Section, they collectively covered over 3 million miles.

At any one time, around 225,000 participants are trying for an Award in the UK alone, with around 138,000 taking up its challenge each year. Approximately 50,000 volunteers share their skills, enthusiasm and time to help guide the participants 2 of the best national parks Snowdonia and the Lake District.

Cadets will have the chance to participate in Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking and many other adventure training spheres.

Cadets will start with the basics learning how to be safe in every activity before moving onto advanced levels, when they will have the opportunity to lead and instruct. The centres usually run week long residential courses providing the cadets with access to many of the activities, they do however run specialist courses and assessments throughout the year where qualifications can be achieved.

Llanbedr specialises in “white water kayaking” and Windermere in“Mountain Skills”

 

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