Sam Sykes Ltd, named after its founder, was created to make the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as accessible as possible to young people. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, created to inspire young people to generate challenges that are enjoyable and fulfilling providing them greater success in life.
Sam has harnessed his thrill seeking spirit of adventure into an exciting but safe environment for young adults, by providing courses with key objectives, such as ‘improving self belief’ and ‘understanding for others’.
During the time Sam, and before that his father, has been running these courses, there have been highs and lows, spills and thrills, struggles and triumphs. Why did they do it? What did they learn? What challenges did they face, and what motivates Sam to push on to a higher level?
The higher risks and demands in Health and Safety have made it difficult for schools to easily provide students this opportunity. Sam Sykes offer parents and teachers the peace of mind that the expedition groups are in good hands.
Sam Sykes has 30 years experience in delivering Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and has a degree in Outdoor Studies and extensive experience in running facilities and designing and implementing Health and Safety systems. Sam Sykes’ father has even received an MBE for the work he has accomplished for young people in transforming their lives.
The scheme aims to provide young people (16-24) with a gold Duke of Edinburgh award but also the life skills and attributes most desired by top employers and professionals; self belief, self confidence, independence, team work and risk management. By encouraging each participant from the initial step to achieve their gold award, Sam Sykes is encouraging drive and determination in each individual attending the exhibition.
Expedition destinations extend from The Lake District to the Peak District, Scotland and Wales and as far afield as Alaska, Germany and Peru. Each level of a Duke of Edinburgh award has 4 sections which need to be completed; Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and there is a fifth section for achieving gold which is residential. Sam Sykes offers tailored experiences ranging from bronze to silver and gold.
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