Duke of Edinburgh Award

Shadwell Basin have been running a Duke of Edinburgh for the last three years and have a high pass rate for their borough. In 2017 at Shadwell Basin, we currently have a Bronze and a Silver group of trainees completing their award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24 year olds the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and expand their skill set. The award is a great way for the centre to help young people become more independent with the skills that they learn from the outdoor sports they participate in and to encourage their leadership skills. The young people also get to develop life skills by volunteering in their local community.

Congratulations to our Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh trainees for completing their practice expedition in the Peak District in March. The young people completed two days of intensive campcraft and navigation days before embarking on their independent walks around Mam Tor and up Kinder Scout.

Duke of Edinburgh Group in their wet weather gear stand behind their rucksacks


The Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh trainees will complete their assessed expeditions in July up in the Lake District, in sight of Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England. They will walk for two/three days, navigating their way around the Lake District while being assessed as a team on their walking and camp craft skills.

In the meantime, the trainees have been recording their skills training, their physical activity and their volunteering to complete the other aspects of their award.

There will be two training sessions in July before the expedition

  • Sunday 2nd July:
    • First Aid (AM)
    • Navigation and Map Skills (PM)
  • Thursday 13th July:
    • Route cards and expedition preparation (PM)

Duke of Edinburgh group look at their map

From September 2017, we will be enrolling new Duke of Edinburgh trainees for their Bronze award. If you are currently completing your Bronze/Silver Award with us and wish to continue on to your next level up, we can enrol you to continue with us.

If you are interested, please email Will to find out about the open day and how you can enrol on next year’s programme.

Please note that you have to be aged 13+ (in Year 9) to take part in Duke of Edinburgh.