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Ruth goes to Buckingham Palace 👑

Time for a Monday Memory! Ruth headed down to Buckingham Palace on the 13th May…here’s her story!

DofE Gold, Buckingham Palace, Monday 13th May 2019

I received my DofE Gold award from Alastair Stewart in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Beatrice and HRH The Earl of Wessex, in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace in London.  It was a fantastic day.


The 4 sections of Duke of Edinburgh award to be completed at all 3 levels are: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition, with the additional Residential section for Gold.


12 months – Rainbow (Girlguiding) Leader – my focus was on planning a sleepover and attending my Queen’s Guide Award presentation at the House of Commons.


6 months – Aerobics class – increase stamina and to move onto 2.5kg weights.


18 months – Dance Appreciation – attend classes of different styles, to watch shows in person and online, reporting to my leader and via social media on what I enjoyed or found challenging, and reviewing the differences between these different forms.


Because of my study commitments with the Open University and then moving to Glasgow for a year long MSc (Masters degree) programme, I completed my expeditions with 2 Networkers from Cumbria and 2 from Worcestershire.

Practice – Lake District, March 2018

Final – Snowdonia, May 2018 – The aim was to discover the effect of geocaching on the natural environment and on society.


World Scout Moot, Iceland, 2017 – split into patrols and tribes of Networkers/Rovers from around the world.  This was my favourite section of the award as I made friends with people from Australia, Brazil, Germany and France within my tribe.  We still talk on our WhatsApp group chat.

I really encourage anyone aged 14-25 years to have a go – I had a lot of fun with the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and was supported in all my sections by Carl Meadows and the team.


By Ruth Adamson, 1st Long Stratton (Tuesday) Cub Leader