Duke of Edinburgh’s Award glory for scout

Ciara Shiles with Team Knitwear, after completing her DofE Gold Qualifying Expedition.
Ciara Shiles with Team Knitwear, after completing her DofE Gold Qualifying Expedition.
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A Sheffield scout is set to attend a glittering awards ceremony in Buckingham Palace to receive her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Ciara Shiles from 20th Sheffield Scout Group’s Explorer Scout Unit in Ecclesall will attend the once-in-a-life-time presentation on May 2 after becoming the first scout from the unit to achieve the Gold Award.

After completing her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DofE) with Sheffield Futures Ciara, aged 17, is the first person to achieve the Gold Award with the 20th Sheffield Scout Group since they started to run the programme in 2016.

To achieve the award the High Storrs and Siverdale student volunteered as a Young Scout Leader, took up running, became a more proficient saxophonist, and spent five days on a bush-craft residential course learning how to survive in the wild.

With four other Gold team members Ciara also trekked 87km with a total ascent of around 3,000 metres over four days, during challenging weather conditions in the Yorkshire Dales.

Ciara, from Millhouses, said: “DofE has been by no means easy, but I revelled in the challenges it presented to me and learned more about myself with the experiences it brought about.

“I can now wear my Gold DofE badge with pride, knowing that I earned every bit of it and what’s more, I now have new skill-sets that I can utilize in my everyday life. It’s extremely rewarding, if you’re willing to put in the effort. I urge every young person to have a go. You’ll learn a lot I promise you.”.

20th Sheffield Scout Group offer the Silver and Gold Awards to members of their attached Explorer Scout Unit, eXu.

In addition to Ciara, one other young person has achieved their Gold Award and 13 have achieved Silver since September 2016.

Visit http://www.20th.org.uk for more information.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops over 270,000 young people in the UK.