Katy Pearce

Published on 18 May 2015

Katy Pearce

When the confirmation came through saying my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award had been achieved, it was an enormous achievement and has been one of my most rewarding experiences to date. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award isn’t just a walk in the park; it is a whole lot more than that. It has changed my life by inspiring me to push myself in anything I do. I now know that if I work hard enough, I can achieve anything that I set myself to do. All five sections of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award which include; volunteering, physical recreation, skill, residential and the expeditions have all developed different skills and qualities that have moulded me into the person I am today. All these developed skills have given me the confidence and a positive view on life giving me the skills and qualities needed for life and work. The experience has also allowed me to make a difference to other people’s lives and the community.

For my award I volunteered within the Scout Association allowing me to give back what I have learnt to other scouts in the community and create opportunities allowing them to develop as a person. Completing the award has also allowed me to make many new friends and has created memories that will last a life time. I will never forget reaching the top of Snowdon and Scafel Pike on my Gold Expeditions and the memories created on my residential section when I went green field camping near Abergavenny with some scouts.

When I started the Duke of Edinburgh it was promised that it was going to be a challenge. I now feel that the perseverance, hard work and commitment has all been worth it, opening up many opportunities for me, whilst also persuading me to pursue a career in the outdoor sector.

Finally, I would like to say a massive thanks to all the people involved in my Duke of Edinburgh experience, especially Mrs Green, Mr Workman and Miss Gibbs for their dedication and continued support throughout the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Vandyke Upper School.

I would also like to say thanks for the Duke of Edinburgh Special Service award that I recently  received. I have thoroughly enjoyed going the extra mile and getting involved in all aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh at Vandyke. I now look forward to receiving an invitation to St James’s Palace to receive my award and in the future I hope to volunteer within the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme providing opportunities for other young people to take part as the experience is definitely worth it. I feel that the experience and memories created from completing all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award will stay with me forever.

Katy Pearce