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The Skills section should stimulate and encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills as well as unleash participants’ talent in the hopes of achieving awareness of one’s own potential and experiencing increased self-confidence. This section also comes with the benefit of developing skills such as time management, planning, goal setting, team work and co-operation, and communication.

What counts as Skills?

There are various possible activities in which participants are able to perform their skills section; however, one should be careful not to pick activities that are considered to be a Physical Recreation or a Service section activity in Award terms.

These activities are typically of a non-physically demanding nature and may be hobbies, vocational or job-related skills, social or individual activities, or cultural activities. Possible activities include: music, arts and crafts, nature, communication, life skills and games as well as sports related tasks such as refereeing, umpiring and maintenance.
Like all Sections of the Duke of Edinburgh, what is chosen should be considered fun and the goals set should be realistic in order to feel a real sense of achievement!

What is the commitment?

The duration depends on the Award Level as follows:

Award LevelMinimum TimeIf service chosen as longest section
Bronze3 Months6 Months
Silver6 Months12 Months (only for participants who are not Bronze Award Holders)
Gold12 Months18 Months (only for participants who are not Silver award Holders)

How is it assessed?

Steps to get started

  1. Plan your chosen activity. Use SMART Goals. You should feel confident that you have set yourself reasonable targets in terms of commitment and achievement.
  2. Discuss your activity with your Award Leader and ensure that your chosen activity is suitable for this section of the Award.
  3. Do Carry out the activity subject to the requirements and agreed timelines, provide evidence and record your progress in the Online Record Book (Link) or in a diary.
  4. Review your progress with your Award Leader and with your Assessor regularly.