Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Awards

The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award was launched in response to significant flooding in Cornwall in recent years and was developed by HRH Prince Charles and our emergency organisations.
It was developed to give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency situation, such as in severe weather events, a pandemic or long term power cuts. The award is open to young people between the ages of 5 and 18. 38 Local Resilience Forum (LRF) regions in the UK are taking part with many uniformed youth organisations including Girlguiding in Lincolnshire South. Our County have taken part for many years now with many units involved.
There are three age category awards:
·       Home Award for 5-10 year olds
·       Neighbourhood Award for 10-14 year olds
·       Community Award for 14-18 year olds
Many Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, & Ranger units have taken part very successfully over the years with everyone person who successfully completes the certificate receiving a certificate and badge.

The Commonwealth Award (for young members aged 13 years+)

This award can be completed individually or with peers. There is no specific time limit to complete compulsory challenges.

  1. History of guiding – chart guiding from its beginning at the Crystal Palace rally in 1909.
  2. Knowledge of the Commonwealth – explore and expand your knowledge of other Commonwealth countries and the development of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  3. Community Action – carry out a minimum of 20 hours of voluntary work in your community.

A further two additional challenges on the following themes must also be completed:

  • health
  • environment
  • culture heritage
  • fit for life
  • out of doors
  • public speaking and debating
  • creative writing
  • citizenship
  • investigation.

On completion of the award, a brooch & certificate signed by the County Commissioner is presented.

To find out more go to https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/our-badges-and-activities/badge-finder/commonwealth-award/

Duke of Edinburgh – Annual Challenges

Over the years, the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme has introduced annual challenges which earn a pin on completion. These have included the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge in 2016 and the Do It 4 Youth Challenge in 2021.  Units across the County have taken part and earned their special pin.

Units can register online. Annual challenges can be found on the DofE website https://www.dofe.org/

Duke of Edinburgh Awards (Bronze Award, Silver award, Gold award)

Want to try new things, make a difference and have exciting adventures? Then DofE Bronze is the award to complete. It’s open to Guides aged 13 and in the academic year they turn 14, Rangers, Young Leaders and adult members aged 18 -25.

Completing DofE Bronze develops skills, confidence and gives members an edge over others when applying for college, university or jobs.  It develops communication, leadership and teamwork skills as well making a difference to other people’s lives and in local communities.  Participants go on an exciting expedition and make memories to last a lifetime.

What does it entail?

DofE Bronze is split into four sections:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

As well, participants will spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections of their choice. This challenge is chosen at the beginning of the award as knowing how long the challenge will be will help in choosing your activity and in setting goals for each section. It is possible to change this choice after the award is started.  After the Bronze Award, there is a Silver, and a Gold Award. When a Gold Award is completed, a Gold Award brooch & certificate is presented at a very special event.

For more information and support, please contact our D of E Advisor.

The Queen’s Guide Award (16 years+)

The Queen’s Guide award is the highest award you can work towards in guiding.
It provides a chance for participants to develop their skills, whilst contributing to guiding and their local community at an impressive level. It is open to members aged 16 to 25 and must be completed within three years from the start date or before their 26th birthday, whichever is sooner.
The Queen’s Guide award isn’t just a great achievement to share with other members of Girlguiding. Potential employers and further education institutions will also be impressed with the accomplishment. The award shows members have challenged themselves and achieved their goals across a range of different disciplines.
The programme can also be matched with activities that are already being done within Guiding, meaning you can get more than one award for the challenges taken on.
What does it entail?
The award is based on the concepts of personal challenge and participation and is split into five sections.
· Service in Guiding – take an active role in guiding at a range of levels.
· Outdoor challenge – build teamwork and leadership skills in a glorious outdoor setting. Where to go and what to do is up to the individual.
· Personal skill development – start a new skill and develop it, or take an existing skill to a new level for a minimum of 60 hours over 12 months. A personal skill could be anything from ballet to circus skills, performing magic tricks to playing a musical instrument.
· Community action – get more involved with the world around you and gain a greater understanding of it through practical and research projects of your choice.
· Residential – spend two nights and three days away from home with new people.
Queens’ Guide Award and DofE
Don’t forget – if you are working towards your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) you could do one residential to count towards both awards – you just need to make sure it’s long enough. 
Before you decide to count something for both awards, you’ll need to make sure your DofE leader and Queen’s Guide Award coordinator are happy with your plans. It’s also worth noting an activity you’re doing for one award might count towards a section of the other, but not necessarily count for all of it. Remember to check ideas, and for any help & support contact your Queens Guide Advisor who will be more than happy to help you.