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July 21st 2017

Ben strikes DofE gold

Ben Ford

Ben Ford receives his award in Edinburgh

Ben Ford, a former Army Cadet with Holbeach detachment of Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF), recently travelled to Edinburgh to collect his gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

To achieve his gold, Ben had to act as a volunteer, learn a skill, prove his fitness, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition.

He said: “I am now fitter thanks to the physical side of the award, more confident thanks to the volunteering side and more skilled thanks to the skills side. Oh and I can now play the trumpet and the piano thanks to DofE!”

Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and teamworking. 

Ben says: “The qualifications, skills and experience that I have gained and learned throughout my six years as an Army Cadet have made me the person I am today. If I had not joined at the age of 12 then I know I would have regretted it.”

The skills that Ben has developed during his time with the Cadets are already helping him in his career. He continued: “Now I am a first aider at my current full-time job. This extra responsibility has resulted in my wages going up, so I owe a big ‘thank you’ to Lincolnshire (ACF) and all the instructors who taught me an important life skill.”

On his final Annual Camp last summer, Ben picked up another qualification. He says: “The Community Sport Leaders Award (CSLA) course I took has helped me to deliver a variety of sport sessions to my local church youth group.”

To add to his long list of qualifications gained whilst in the Cadets, this week Ben welcomed the postman’s latest delivery – a certificate confirming his Level 2 BTEC: Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community.

Ben joined the cadets six years ago but having reached his 18th birthday his cadet experience has now come to an end but he has not ruled out returning to the Army Cadet Force as an adult instructor. 

 

“The qualifications, skills and experience that I have gained and learned throughout my six years as an Army Cadet have made me the person I am today."