The Award Programme is about challenge. It's also about providing the opportunity to accept a challenge. The Programme encourages the participant to set a personal goal and achieve it. Along the way, they learn about themselves and about qualities like responsibility, trust and the ability to plan and organise themselves.
There is no competition between participants. The only people with whom they compete are themselves. Self-motivation is fundamental to the Award. There are no set standards to achieve.
The criterion for gaining an Award is individual improvement based on each participant's starting point and potential. Participation in the Programme is entirely voluntary. Participants choose their own activities within the four areas and set their own goals. Each challenge requires a special dedication, both physical and mental, and while the structure of the Award provides specialist help in different skills, individual participants must make their own way to the best of their ability.
Success in the Award Programme comes through a conscious decision to accept and take up the challenges. There is no such thing as failure in the Award Programme. Even if an Award is not attained, just being involved brings new friends, new knowledge and new adventures which are, above all, enjoyable. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 can take part in the Award. The only entry qualifications are the determination to improve oneself and the desire to have fun.
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Peter Shave (19 Jun 2006)