Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Participants Begin Ramblers Pedometer Challenge
DofE in Wales and Ramblers Cymru recently headed to 415 (Merthyr Tydfil) Squadron Air Training Corps to launch a project that aims to get young people out and walking to get fit. The group of 15 Air Cadets are all aged between 14 and 20 and are taking part in the Pedometer Challenge project as part of the physical section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The aim of the project is for the cadets to record their step count at least once a week to see if they can progress and improve on their starting level of fitness over a three-month duration. They have decided to undertake this as a team effort and will be recording their steps to see how far around the Wales Coastal Path they can virtually walk.
The group were started off on their Pedometer Challenge by Will Renwick, Ramblers Cymru Young Walkers Champion, who gave them an inspiring talk about his own recent adventures, one of which included walking the 870 miles around the Wales Coastal Path. Will told the group of his personal challenges, gave them some tips on how to increase their step count and encouraged them to get out walking.
A number of pedometers were kindly donated by Let's Walk Cymru to enable young people to begin this challenge by getting out and about walking in their local areas, as well as benefiting from the positive outcomes of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, such as teamwork, leadership, commitment and life skills.
The Pedometer Challenge will see the cadets work towards completing the physical section of their DofE over 12 weeks, which forms one of four parts of their Bronze Award. They will then undertake the volunteering, skills and expedition elements through their involvement in the Air Training Corps, which will see a commitment of a minimum of six months from each of the young people before they are eligible to be awarded with their Bronze certificate and badge.
All 15 of the Merthyr Tydfil Air Cadets will now continue with the walking challenge, recording their steps and completing virtual sections of the Wales Coastal Path as they progress.
If you would like to learn more about the DofE Wales and Ramblers Cymru Pedometer Challenge, visit the website.