We made it! In 4 days we travelled across Scotland. 134 miles with a 5700 ft ascent by bike, followed by 45 miles down the Spey through a number of rapids (including the washing machine).
It was hard. And we ache (and smell) but are so proud of our achievement. More videos and films to follow but here we are reaching Spey Bay, looking ecstatic.
If you’re inspired, start your Challenge or donate to ours.
The DofE Scotland team is off on our coast-to-coast DofE Diamond Challenge! We’re cycling from Ardnamurchan to Fort William and then on to Grantown-on-Spey. Then we’re swapping our wheels for paddles and canoeing down the River Spey to Craigellachie and then on to Spey Bay.
It’s an ambitious journey and you can follow our progress via our Twitter, Facebook and our Challenge blog. Stay tuned and if you’re inspired, start your Challenge or donate to ours.
A hearty congratulations goes out to all the Gold Award recipients who came to collect their certificates at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the 4th and 6th of July. Nearly a thousand young people received their Gold Awards over the four presentations.
Gold Award holders can order their photos on the Tempest website. You can find your GAP and eDofE ID numbers on your admittance card from the event, or contact us at [email protected] or 0131 343 0920.
Other photos can be found on our Facebook page.
The Gold Award Hall of Fame lists all the young people who received their Gold Awards and information about each presenter. Visit the Hall of Fame to find out more.
The Presentations would not be possible without the volunteers who donate their time to the event. DofE Scotland would like to thank everyone who volunteered at the presentations, including marshals and presenters.
Our thanks also goes to Purvis Marquees who kindly donated the use of their marquees – they were much needed both afternoons when the weather turned wet.
On Monday and Wednesday we will be celebrating the great achievements of young Scots at the Gold Award Presentations.
The presentations, held at The Palace of Holyroodhouse, are a great chance to reflect on the impact the DofE has made on the life chances of so many young people and their families. The Maxwells, from Irvine, are one such family.
All three daughters Sarah, Kate and Lucy, have completed their Gold Awards, and Mum, Jennifer is also the DofE Co-ordinator at Marr College.
When asked why it was important for all three of her girls to complete their Gold DofE, Jennifer said: “Having run the Award in the school and seen the benefits to young people from all walks of life, I was determined that my girls would take the opportunities offered to them. Any parent only wants the best for their children and the DofE Award equips young people with essential skills for life.”
Sarah, who is receiving her Gold Award on Wednesday, said “In September I am moving to Aberdeen to study Dietetics at Robert Gordon University. I hope to continue with a part time job as a lifeguard when I am there. In my interview for my current job as lifeguard, the panel were very impressed with my completion of the DofE as it is widely known for requiring high levels of dedication and commitment, skills I know were essential for me achieving acceptance to the best university in Scotland for my chosen course.
The DofE Award has developed my confidence in working with people and has given me good leadership skills. It has provided me with many qualities I know are a necessity for a university student and the rest of my life.”
To sign up to do your DofE like Sarah, or to become a supporter like Jennifer, please visit our Find a DofE contact page.
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