Participants are required to volunteer for community service over a set period of time that enables them to experience the benefits that their service provides to others and the benefits to their ownÂ well-being that is found in providing service.
Examples of Service:
- Visiting and supporting people in need, such as the elderly, orÂ disabled
- Volunteering at a hospital or local care home
- Sports coaching
- Helping with a local charity
- Teaching or tutoring
Providing the opportunity for a Participant to either improve on an existing skill or to try something new, the Skills Section requires a commitment over time to progress a skill. Participants experience a sense of achievement and well-being, and possibly improved employability through the development of life and vocational skills.
Examples of Skills:
- Music â€“Â singing, learning to play an instrument
- Sports-related â€“ sports officiating,Â umpiring/refereeing, maintenance
- Arts and crafts â€“ ceramics, embroidery,Â drawing, photography
- Nature and the environment â€“Â agriculture, astronomy, fishing, gardening
- Communication â€“Â film and video, languages, public speaking, journalism
Encouraging healthy behavior has benefits, not only for Participants but also for their communities, whether through improved health, or active participation in team activities. This Section specifically aims to improve the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of Participants.
Examples of Physical Recreation:
- Ball sports â€“ football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis
- Athletics â€“ running, jumping, throwing, triathlon, decathlon
- Water sports â€“ surfing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, polo, diving, rowing
- Martial arts â€“ karate, judo, kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, kendo
- Animal sports â€“ horse riding, polo
- Other Activities including dancing, gymnastics, cycling
The Adventurous Journey provides Participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone by journeying through a challenging environment but are suitably trained and supervised to remain safe and secure.
Examples of Adventurous Journeys:
- Exploring the natural world: flora, fauna, erosion, geology, coastal studies
- Exploring river valleys, plant studies, exploring human impact: visitors in national parks
- Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe or kayak
- Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river
- Climbing mountainous peaks
- Cycling from one part of a state to another
The Gold Project, only required at the Gold Level, gives Participants the chance to work with people from different backgrounds and build confidence living in new environments. Participants choose a unique project in a residential setting that does not include their everyday peer group.
Examples of Gold Projects:
- White water rafting through mountains
- Taking part in historical reenactment
- Building new hiking trails in a national park
- Being a leader at a children’s camp
- Learning a new language at a foreign language immersion camp
- Attending a conference as a youth representative