The Award is balanced - participants engage in physical activity, mental challenge, individual perseverance, teamwork and interaction with other people.

The Award is non-competitive - it is a personal challenge and not a competition against others.

The Award is voluntary - participants create a program of voluntary leisure time activities that they want to do.

By doing the Award, young people should be encouraged to show imagination, to be able to look beyond barriers, and set and achieve goals. The challenge is for young people to make things happen rather than waiting for things to happen for them.

At the end of the process, a young person who takes part in the Award will have developed many of the following:

  • Self-confidence

  • A positive and realistic self-image

  • Self motivation

  • Independence
  • A sense of responsibility

  • New friendships

  • Planning skills.

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