Going for gold!

Girlguiding volunteer, Lisa Millar, was recently presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by His Royal Highness Prince Edward at the Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyrood earlier this month. Here she shares why doing DofE is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss, her advice for getting involved and how Girlguiding Scotland was at the core of why she kept going for gold.

You can start anytime

1. I didn’t sign up to get involved with DofE until my final year of school, but you can get involved at any point from 14-24.

Push yourself

2. Doing my DofE meant I was pushed outside of my comfort zone by constantly joining new clubs and societies and always meeting new people. I took up ballet and photography, and became a Brownie Leader. Trying lots of new things is such a great way to grow your confidence

It isn’t just walking!

3. I took part in an Open Gold sailing expedition with no previous experience. In only nine days I learned how to sail and got to visit some beautiful Scottish islands. I completed a RYA Competent Crew course and my Queen’s Guide Award residential, too!

Meet amazing people

4. Being part of Girlguiding Scotland helped me so much during my DofE journey. They provided me with fantastic volunteering opportunities and an amazing network of Leaders who supported me every step of the way.

And don’t forget…

5. Invest in some good waterproof clothing – you’ll need this no matter what type of expedition you choose to do, trust me!

The opportunities haven’t stopped there for me – after completing my Gold Award I was asked to take on the role of DofE Co-ordinator for Girlguiding Glasgow.


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