GOLD AWARD GUIDELINES
Taking part in the Award isn’t easy – it requires commitment over time – but it is simple to get started and after all your time and effort you will have achieved something special of which you can be proud and which universities and employers rate highly.
For the GOLD award level you will complete activities from each of the sections outlined below. You will have some flexibilty in completion of your activities, with the guidance of your unit leaders.
Through the Voluntary Service section you can volunteer in your community, meet people and see how your service benefits those around you.Volunteering over a period of time enables you to meet people within the community whom you might not otherwise engage with and realise the positive difference you can make to your community. It can also help improve skills such as team work, communication and self-confidence.
The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages you to improve your health and fitness, whatever your starting point. You could choose to do a team sport, solo sport or any healthy activity. It could be something you already do regularly, have tried before or something completely new to you.The Physical Recreation section should make you feel healthy and happy, and should help you build valuable team skills, self-esteem and confidence. It’s also great fun!
Through the Skills section you can develop your personal interests, and practical and social skills.You could choose to improve on an existing skill or try something new. It’s all about having a go, learning something and getting better at it, giving yourself a sense of achievement and well-being. Colleges, universities and employers like to see that you have life skills too!
For the Adventurous Journey section you’ll need a sense of adventure and discovery as you go on a team journey, expedition or exploration. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop self-confidence, team work and health. It is a tough challenge and you might be taken out of your comfort zone for a bit but you will be safe with suitable training and supervision, and you won’t regret it!
Gold Residential Project
For the Gold Residential Project section you’ll have the opportunity to build on the many skills developed during your Award.
It will involve you undertaking a shared activity or specific course with people you don’t know that will build on a talent you’ve developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others. It’s a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience that will leave you with a great sense of achievement.