My experience of DofE
Written by Megan, 14 from Hatfield and her youth worker, Kirstin
Megan has been coming to Breaks Manor Youth Centre (known as 'Breaks') in Hatfield for over a year and is a fantastic member. She has decided to sign up for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) which has just been launched at Breaks.
As part of her award she has decided to do cooking so every Monday, she will come up with ideas for what to make for the following week. Staff will get the ingredients and then she will make the recipes and then go around the club selling the food to the members of the project.
At Christmas, she was the main young person that made Christmas gifts - decorated wooden blocks and she made them for all her family and extended family! She is a keen and active member and is always willing to help and I think when slightly older, she would like to be a volunteer.
Megan has updated us on what she has learnt so far:
The DofE is 3 different levels Bronze, Silver and Gold. You start at bronze and you have to do four sections:
Volunteering - I am going back and helping with the
Brownies I went to in St. Albanson Wednesdays
Physical - I'm going to the gym on Tuesday
Skills - I'm cooking at Breaks Manor Youth Centre on Mondays
Expeditions - I haven't got up to that bit yet because you have to do 3 months of two of the sections and one for 6 months
At gold you also do residential - the expeditions are for 2 days and 1 night