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Planning your section requirements

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Below are ideas for how you can fulfill the four sections of your award: Service, Physical Activities, Skills, and Adventurous Journey. At the bottom of the page is a list of activities offered at LAS and how they qualify.

You’ll find ideas for each section in the links below. Some of these are from the UK Duke of Edinburgh Award site (DofE). The International Award is nearly the same as the DofE, so their materials are good.

Service / Volunteering:

Here is a list of service opportunities available at LAS. (Only LAS students and staff can view this document.)

Service is all about making a difference in other people’s lives or in helping to protect the planet. The LAS Eco Club is a great choice!

From conservation to youth work to fundraising for your favorite charity or caring for animals, there’s an endless list of the types of projects you can get involved in. Discuss with your Award Leader and other people in your community what’s being offered, what needs doing, and who needs help. 


Choose an activity where you can get better at something and prove it.  It should not be a physical activity–skiing, for example–as this counts towards your Physical Recreation section. However, as a skill you could learn about waxing skis, repairing bindings, ski history, or coaching (coaching could also be Service).


Physical Recreation

Physical Recreation makes you stronger, fitter, and happier. For the Award you’re only looking for improvement, not perfection.

Any sport that you’re doing in LAS activities will count, but you can also do your activity outside of school programs.


After-school activities offered at LAS and how they qualify:

Below is a list of some of the activities at LAS.

Each is labeled according to whether it qualifies as Skill, Physical, or Service. Sometimes the distinction between Skill and Physical is ambiguous. The general rule is “if you sweat or must change shoes, it’s probably Physical.” So if you’re actually doing the sport, it’s probably Physical. If you’re learning to coach a sport it’s probably Skill. If you’re coaching the sport or mentoring someone with challenges, it could even be Service.

  • Aerobics (Physical)
  • Baseball (Physical)
  • American Flag Football (Physical)
  • Basketball (recreational) (Physical)                    
  • Bouldering (Physical)
  • Climbing Wall / Outdoor climbing (Physical)  
  • Cross Country Skiing (winter term) (Physical)
  • Dance Choreography (Skill)
  • Field Games (Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag) (Physical)
  • Floor Hockey (Physical)
  • Hiking (Physical)
  • Horseback Riding (Physical)
  • Ice Hockey (Physical)
  • Ice Skating (Physical)
  • Kickboxing / Martial Arts (Physical)
  • Outdoor Adventure (Physical/Skill)
  • Outdoor Fitness course (running & exercises on outdoor course) (Physical)
  • Rowing (Crew) (Physical)
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor recreational) (Physical)
  • Squash (Physical)
  • Strength & Conditioning (weightlifting & running outdoors) (Physical)
  • Swimming (recreational) (Physical)
  • Tennis (Physical)
  • Weightlifting (Physical)
  • Yoga (Skill)

Clubs and other extra-curricular activities offering Service include:

  • Gardening (Ms. Passant-Coy)–this could be a skill or a service depending on how you approach it.
  • Eco Club (Ms. Ameri, Ms. Andersen) (Eco Club goals are listed below)
  • Ambassadors (Ms. Krause)
  • Prefects (your dorm head)
  • NHS (Mr. Lynch, Mr. Kozel)
  • MUN (Mr. Flynn-Padick)
  • LAS Video Production (Mr. Padick)
  • Big Brothers/Sisters (Ms. Flett)
  • Community Service/Refugee Center (Ms. Oppenheim)
  • Event Planners
  • Habitat for Humanity (Ms. Hamilton & Ms. Holsapple)
  • Library at LAS (Ms. Hamilton)–help wanted with Russian, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean to develop mother tongue section.
  • Student Council (StuCo)
  • Zimbabwe Service Trip (Mr. Jennings)
  • Alpine Institute Volunteers (Mr. Harlin) (see below)
  • Service work in the dorm (Your dorm head)–for example, fruit deliveries, composting, liaison with Eco Club.
  • Sports captains (your coach)
  • Little Free Library construction (Mr. Magnuson)
  • Signs for the Beau Site Garden – to mark what is what in the garden (Mr. Magnuson)
  • Peer Tutoring (Mr. Deupree for G9 & 10 students), Mr. Bray for G11 & 12 students)

If your activity is missing, please let us know right away!

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