A Girlguiding Scotland member from Fraserburgh received her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at the Holyrood Palace after completing a series of demanding personal challenges and adventures.

Carrie Campbell Scott, 18, was presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and had the chance to share her journey with Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Achieving a Gold DofE Award takes between 12-18 months of hard work and dedication with participants required to volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country.

Girlguiding Scotland offers its members age 14 to 24 the opportunity to take part in DofE and earn their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards while taking part in a wide and varied programme of adventures, challenges and activities for girls and young women.

Carrie, who is a member of Fraserburgh Senior Section and who is currently working towards an HND in fitness, health and exercise at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen, completed a wide range of demanding personal challenges to achieve her Gold Award. These included taking part in a residential skiing trip, hiking across the Scottish Highlands, choreographing a community musical and more.

Carrie says: “I am so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity to complete my DofE Gold Award with Girlguiding Scotland – it was an amazing experience that has really empowered me to go beyond my comfort zone and take on new challenges.

“If it weren’t for my DofE I might never have got up the confidence to approach my local community theatre group about choreographing their production of Annie. It turned out to be a huge success and now I’m their Head of Choreography. I really enjoy being able to put one of my passions to use in a practical way and I’m excited to support their next show.

“Completing my DofE Gold expedition was another huge challenge. Even though it rained for three days in a row the Highlands were beautiful and our group helped to keep each other’s spirit up. It showed me that even when something is really tough I can persevere and it was a brilliant feeling at the end.”

She adds: “I’ve made amazing memories and friendships through doing my DofE with Girlguiding Scotland. It’s shown me just how much I can achieve and given me the confidence to take on new challenges. To anyone thinking about doing their DofE I’d say go for it – it’s an amazing opportunity to try something new!”

Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is just one of the life-changing Girlguiding Scotland offers to young members 5 to 25. As the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, Girlguiding Scotland offers girls and young women the chance to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills, grow in confidence and make life-long friends through a wide and varied programme encompassing everything from outdoor adventure and international travel, to social action and campaigning.

To find out more about registering your daughter, joining as a young member or becoming an adult volunteer call 0131 226 4511 or visit

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About Girlguiding Scotland:

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, with 50,000 young members. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. Find out more at 


About Duke of Edinburgh*

*Figures correct as of 2016/17 stats

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops over 400,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK.  Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in 10,800 DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 2,600 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

In total, over six million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.7 million Awards since 1956. In 2016/2017, 133,369 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is supported by UK employers including British Gas, RSM, Amey, Heathrow, DFS and Royal Mail who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No 1072453. There are more than one million young people currently participating globally in more than 140 countries and territories.

For more information about the DofE go to