The junior section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, ASC (Adventure Service Challenge) is a structured activity-based programme that runs as an alternative to Games on a Wednesday afternoon for Years 5 and 6. Pupils participate in a wide range of activities, from cooking to orienteering, road safety to model-making. Pupils complete a progression of activities in order to work towards the Junior Stage 1 in Year 5, and the Junior Stage 2 in Year 6.
Sessions are run within the school grounds and include trips into the local area as well as an annual expedition in the summer. Training and activity opportunities are run primarily by school staff, although external specialists also deliver training for some areas in school or on trips - first aid training, for example.
Teamwork and collaboration skills, as well as independence and responsibility are encouraged and a major part of each ASC award is the “Service” activity, where children are expected to complete set amounts of time helping, assisting and supporting others in the ASC crew, their local community, and beyond. In meeting these expectations, pupils develop a set of skills that prepares them for the Senior School Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the wider world.