Celebrate World Youth Skills Day!
This World Youth Skills Day we celebrated all the amazing achievements of our young members and the incredible skills they’ve developed on their guiding journey. Advocate Bethan shares why she decided to take on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award challenge.
1. In your comfort zone? Get out!
Working towards my Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award taught me about endurance and the ability to carry on and adapt to difficult situations. During my expedition I took on tough sailing challenges. This was completely out of my comfort zone and at first I felt like I wasn’t doing a good job but I stuck with it and my sailing skills improved every day. I’m really glad I pushed through and didn’t give up.
2. Preparing for the future
DofE is such a highly respected reward so it looks great on your CV. Working towards my Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award meant I was able to develop my organisational skills which proved invaluable when I applied to university. Juggling my school work with writing my personal statement and keeping on top of important application deadlines became easier.
3. Explore other interests
I felt inspired to explore other interests and take on even more challenges as a result of working towards my DofE Gold Award. Right now I’m a leader in training which has allowed me to develop my leadership and teamwork skills. I find volunteering really rewarding and enjoy it so much that I’ve also become a Girlguiding Advocate.
Being accepted to join the Advocate panel means I can use my voice to influence real change and help improve the lives of girls across the country as well as build on my public speaking and debating skills. There are so many opportunities available through Girlguiding to help girls grow and build important life skills for the future.
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