Mearns Duke of Edinburgh Open award

Mearns Academy
Mearns Academy

Mearns Duke of Edinburgh’s Open Award Group are having their Gold Expedition Presentations next week.

The awards will take place at Mearns Academy (room 14), on Thursday 10 October at 7pm.

The Gold group of academy pupils was mentored by Judy Middleton.

Their two wild country expeditions (practice and final) were supervised by Judy and also Dr Kerstin Kramer and Craig Brown.

The final expedition was assessed by Alistair Beeley. All of them are very experienced and keen hill walkers.

The DofE scheme is hugely popular in the area, with 8 Silver and 7 Bronze groups this year. DofE co-ordinator for the Mearns Dorota Kiedrowska said: “We’re really fortunate to have a very dedicated team of skilled Volunteers involved in delivering weekly training sessions for young people and in supervising and assessing their expeditions.

“It is only thanks to their invaluable commitment, that dozens of youngsters from Mearns join in and complete their award each year.

“Achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a big deal.

“It shows that participants have the skills, determination and mentality to really succeed. So it’s only right that they get a proper celebration of their achievement, by being invited to the national Gold Award Presentation at one of the Royal palaces to receive their certificates.

“They can expect to receive an invite to a GAP around 8-12 months after their award is approved by their Licensed Organisation.”

If anybody is interested in joining the enthusiastic team, they are always looking for Volunteers.

There is a range of roles that can beundertaken, eg: giving guidance and advice, running a section or specific training, helping with the expedition paperwork, issuing and checking expedition equipment, assessing young people’s progress, fundraising etc. Guidance, training and necessary resources are provided.

Regular involvement requires standard safeguarding checks.

If you require any further information, please get in touch with Lynn Foubister or Dorota Kiedrowska from Mearns Community Centre (148 High Street, Laurencekirk, AB30 1BL, tel. 01561 378298).