The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s International Award is a scheme that was set-up in England by Kurt Hahn and Prince Phillip in 1956. Hahn believe that young men at the time were lacking in physical fitness, initiative and enterprise, care and skill and a willingness and ability to be of service. It has taken many different forms throughout its time including, Gordonstoun Award, The Moray Badge, The County Badge, The Outward Bound Award and finally, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. This award then recognised females two years later and since has had millions of recipients some 70 years later.
The Award recognises those people who decide that they are willing to go above and beyond to better themselves and the community they live in. It is recognised throughout the world showing commitment and resilience with an attitude of hard work and leadership.
Scotch and the Award
The Award was originally running at Scotch way back in the 1960’s and 70’s, however went into hiatus until 2000 when it began again in earnest. It has been running constantly since then and at present we currently have over 70 young men participating. This number is increasing with each term. Students at Scotch are able to use the many co-curricular opportunities available to them to help with their Award. These include, but are not limited to, musical lessons, sporting commitments, Outdoor Education programmes, International tours, Local and International Community Service and peer tutoring. Through these opportunities, these boys have learnt or improved on skills, persevered at improving their fitness, worked in the local community to improve an aspect of someone’s life and challenged themselves with an adventurous journey. This journey has helped them to achieve aspects of leadership, experience new places and faces and incredible opportunities and for some people, challenge their fears.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a scheme that benefits all young men for their future whether it is gaining entry to a university or that job of a lifetime. It is worth all boys having a crack at. Congratulations to all those boys who have achieved an Award and to those in the process, keep it up.