Gold Duke of Edinburgh award for Adele

Adele Stephen
Adele Stephen

A Boddam teenager has recently completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award having previously completed the Bronze and Silver.

Ex-Peterhead Academy pupil Adele Stephen, 18, has spent the last three years working hard to achieve all the awards and was delighted to receive Gold in February.

She said: “I am hoping to go down to Hollyrood this summer to pick up my award.”

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is made up of five sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expeditions and Residential.

Adele spent the past year coaching, teaching and leading the 2nd Peterhead Rainbow Guides for her volunteering section.

For her physical section, Adele walked her neighbour’s dog for at least an hour everyday for 18 months.

Her elderly neighbour was very grateful as he had undergone a knee replacement and was unable to walk the dog himself.

Adele set herself the challenge of passing her driving test for her skills section which she successfully managed to achieve.

Her qualifying expedition took place at the Glen Dye Estate in the Cairngorms in June last year, having already completed a four day practice in the Eastern Cairngorms in March.

Along with 14 others, she undertook a walk in wild country for five days and four nights covering 66km with the aim of investigating the usage of land and buildings in the area.

For her final section, Adele undertook her residential at Guide County Camp at Crathes Castle in July 2012.

Adele explained: “I went to a week-long camp with the Girl Guides of Banff and Buchan and instead of taking part in the activities, I helped run them and had to do other duties like prepare breakfast, serve dinner and supper then tidy up.”

Adele said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award takes a lot of commitment but is recognised across the UK.

“I did my final expedition in June last year and I had to take holidays at my work to complete it. It requires a lot of team work and you often need encouragement as it’s very tiring.

“It was very challenging but I am glad I have completed it.”