Duke of Edinburgh Awards for Ellon youngsters

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ELLON youngsters who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Awards were formally presented with their certificates on Monday night, at a special ceremony in the Ythan Centre.

Fourteen youngsters from the Ellon Open Award Group who completed their Bronze Award were present. They were joined by ten newly enrolled youngsters seeking to achieve their own Bronze or Silver Awards in due course. The fourteen Bronze winners are now in the process of starting their Silver Award.

The scheme - set up by Prince Philip half a century ago - is designed to encourage young people to take part in volunteering, outdoor activities and the development of both physical and mental skills. Activities include mountain climbing, orienteering, and voluntary work in the community.

Organiser Alan Forrest congratulated the youngsters, and thanked the group’s adult volunteers for helping the youngsters.

He said: “All the successful participants had been encouraged, taught and mentored by adults who gave of their time and expertise as local volunteers.”

He added that the group were desperately seeking new adults to help mentor the youngsters as part of the programme.

“With the ever increasing number of youngsters joining our Ellon group, we do need additional adult volunteers to help them attain their awards.

“If any local adults would care to help our team in training the youngsters, or joining us to assist in running the group, or have a working knowledge of basic first aid, map reading and navigation, camp craft or mini bus driving for expeditions, I would be happy to hear from them!”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Alan on 01358 721659, or by e-mail at alanforrest@freeuk.com.