Below are ideas and planners for how you can fulfill the four sections of your award: Service, Physical Activities, Skills, and Adventurous Journey. At the bottom of the page is a list of activities offered at LAS and how they qualify.
For sample "program planners" and ideas for each section, click the buttons below. These have been lightly adapted from materials on the UK Duke of Edinburgh Award site (DofE), and some documents link to further details there (it's a very helpful website). Almost all materials relevant to the DofE are equally applicable to the International Award, so don't worry about the two names and two websites (or the strange British spellings).
Service is all about making a difference in other people's lives. Getting off your sofa and taking time out to change things for the better can be fun and feels great. Studies have shown that it makes you not only a better person, but happier, too.
From conservation to youth work to fundraising for your favorite charity or caring for animals, there's an endless list of the types of projects you can get involved in. Discuss with your Award Leader and other people in your community what’s being offered, what needs doing, and who needs help.
If you can't find a project you want to get involved in, why not set up a new one that will help your community? This can be on your own, with a couple of friends or even with your whole International Award group – your Leader can help you do this and may be able to act as your Assessor.
You can also help any charity (NGO or non-profit) worldwide by doing projects with them that allow you to stay involved via the Internet. Contact the organization of your choice and ask how you can contribute as a student in Switzerland.
At LAS we are developing new opportunities for students to get involved with environmental initiatives, including energy use, carbon footprint analyses, recycling, composting, researching climate change, and communicating our efforts through classes, posters, photos, writing, website building, film making, and more. These efforts are being built with International Award “Service” in mind. Contact Mr. John Harlin for more information at email@example.com
For your skills activity you need to choose an activity that will allow you to prove you have broadened your understanding and increased your expertise in your chosen skill. It should not be a physical activity, for example skiing, as this counts towards your Physical Recreation section. However, you could learn about waxing skis and repairing bindings, for example.
One activity you’re already doing can count towards your Award if it was done in the previous 3 months and fits the principles, conditions and age requirements. If you already take part in a skill, you could use that activity, but you might want to start something new. You can only backdate activity in one section.
Physical Recreation makes you stronger, fitter, and happier. All the scientific studies show that by being physical active you'll be healthier, live longer, think better, and enjoy life more than those who just sit around. That's on average, of course, but the effects are statistically significant and solidly proven.
You don't need to be super fit to achieve this section of your Award. Giving it a go and getting better is enough. You're looking for improvement, not perfection.
From hockey to dance, rock climbing to swimming, wheelchair basketball to yoga—almost any dance, sport, or fitness activity can count. You can join a team or do it on your own, concentrate on something you're already doing or try something completely different—it's up to you.
After-school activities offered at LAS and how they qualify:
After-school activities take place Monday through Thursday, typically between the times of 4:00 and 6:30pm. Most are between 75 and 90 minutes in duration. During snow season skiing and snowboarding replace most activities, taking place two afternoons per week with the option for more on the weekend. Below is a general list of activities that are offered at LAS, but the list may change due to interest, enrollment, and staffing.
Each is labelled according to whether it qualifies as Skills, Physical, or Service. Sometimes the distinction between Skill and Physical is ambiguous. The general rule is "if you sweat or must change shoes, it's probably Physical." So if you're doing the sport it's probably Physical; if you're learning to coach a sport it's probably Skill; if you're coaching the sport or mentoring someone with challenges, it might be Service.
American Flag Football (Physical)
Basketball (recreational) (Physical)
Climbing Wall / Outdoor climbing (Physical)
Cross Country Skiing (winter term) (Physical)
Dance Choreography (Skill)
Field Games (Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag) (Physical)
Floor Hockey (Physical)
Horseback Riding (Physical)
Ice Hockey (Physical)
Ice Skating (Physical)
Kickboxing / Martial Arts (Physical)
Outdoor Adventure (Physical/Skill)
Outdoor Fitness course (running & exercises on outdoor course) (Physical)
Rowing (Crew) (Physical)
Soccer (indoor and outdoor recreational) (Physical)