'I want to carry on with Silver Duke of Edinburgh when I’m a Ranger!'
As we open up the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to more girls, Guide Sakari and her assistant leader Rozzy share their experiences and why you should give it a go too
After a successful pilot across 15 counties, 13-year-old Guides can now start their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in the school year they’ll turn 14.
The awards are an internationally known scheme for young people to have adventures, learn new life skills and get involved with their communities. By offering it to younger Guides, even more of our girls will have the opportunity to take part – and hopefully, stay in guiding for longer to complete the awards.
We spoke to Guide Sakari from 1st Aghadowey Guides and Rozzy - an assistant guide leader with Sakari's unit and DofE adviser and supervisor for Londonderry County county - to hear why they think DofE is a great opportunity to offer girls in their units.
Sakari (right) says…
I wanted to do Bronze DofE as I thought it would look good on my CV. My cousin had already done it, and it sounded like good fun – I was up for the challenge! I had other friends doing their DofE through Girlguiding as well. My favourite things about doing my Bronze DofE were learning new skills, working as a team and meeting new people. I definitely want to carry on and do my Silver DofE when I’m a Ranger!
I love leading DofE through Girlguiding as I get to see the girls develop as people and grow in confidence. It’s also a good opportunity for me to get to know them a bit better!
Getting Guides involved earlier encourages them to stay in Guides and go onto Rangers. Young people have so many activities that sometimes they have to prioritise and Guides is what goes… So I think it helps them to move up through sections to stay with their friendship groups. To any leader thinking about starting to offer DofE to their units, I’d say go for it! You’ll get a great sense of satisfaction when the girls complete their award... and when they continue with hill walking after it is all over!
Find out more about completing or leading the Duke of Edinbugh's Award.