Community Involvement

Community Involvement is all about giving back to the community. Whatever passions you may have – care and concern for the environment, a love of animals, a desire to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than you, or a wish to help the sick or elderly – the Community Involvement section offers the chance to fulfil these passions.

The Community Involvement section offers you the opportunity to engage with society and gain an understanding of the importance of your role within your immediate and global community. It also gives you the chance to connect with individuals and groups you may have not been aware of before and to make a difference in the wider community.


Community Involvement enables the following benefits


  • Learning patience, tolerance and compassion
  • Overcoming ignorance, prejudice, apathy and fear
  • Increasing awareness of the needs and problems of others
  • Exploring and improving interpersonal skills and self-development skills
  • Being trusted
  • Making a real difference to the lives of others
  • Gaining responsibility
  • Possibly discover a desire to work in this area


  • Regularly donate your time to a genuine cause for the required length of time
  • Meet the minimum time requirements
  • Show regular commitment, progress and improvement in your chosen volunteer activity
  • Volunteer at least 1 hour a week
  • Undertake activities in your own time. Whilst some activity may take place within school, university or work, most of it should occur outside these times

Examples of Community Involvement Activities

  • Amnesty International Club
  • Animal Shelter
  • Big Sister, Big Brother Programmes
  • Boys/Girls Brigade Leader
  • Dáil naÓg
  • Environmental Projects
  • First Aid (acting as lifeguard etc.)
  • Guide Leader
  • Homework Club at local National School
  • Life Saving Course
  • Local Charity Shop Volunteer
  • Local Church/ Community or School choir
  • Mentoring Programmes
  • Order of Malta
  • Recycling Programmes /Green Schools etc
  • Reserve Defence Forces
  • Running a school Credit Union
  • School or Community Library
  • Scout Leader
  • Special Olympics Club Volunteer
  • St. John’s Ambulance
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Student Council
  • Tidy Towns Committee
  • Underage coaching/assistant: all sports
  • Visiting a Nursing Home for the elderly
  • Volunteering with Children with Special Needs
  • Web Design for local sports club or community group
  • Young Social Innovators
  • Youth Club Volunteer


Personal Skill

The aim of the Personal Skill is to encourage you to improve on an existing skill or to try something new. Having the commitment to progress in a skill leads to a sense of achievement and well being.

You don’t just have the opportunity to take part in an activity that truly interests you – you can also find yourself developing skills that were previously out of your reach. Activities chosen should be enjoyable and the goals set should be realistic so that at the end of section you feel a real sense of achievement.


Through the development of their personal skills, you can benefit by:

  • Developing personal interests, creativity and practical skills
  • Working towards developing your full potential
  • Experiencing a great sense of achievement
  • Improving employability through achieving new skills
  • Potentially discovering a skill which could lead to a career.


  • Spend at least 1 hour per week on the Personal Skill
  • Choose an activity that can be pursued for a certain period of time
  • Ensure there is structure the learning and some way to validate it (remember, there is no requirement to pay for classes)
  • Keep balance in the Award programme by selecting activities that are not too similar to those chosen for the Community and Physical sections
  • A sport cannot be used for the Personal Skill section

Examples of Personal Skill Activities

  • Acting/ Musical
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bridge
  • Calligraphy
  • Chess
  • Coder Dojo
  • Computers
  • Cooking/baking
  • Dance Classes
  • Debating team
  • Djing
  • Fashion Design
  • Film Editing (for links contact the IFI)
  • First Aid
  • Foreign Language (must be extra-curricular)
  • Jewellery making
  • Knitting
  • Life Saving
  • Literacy
  • Metalwork
  • Musical Instrument (ongoing or new)
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Public Speaking
  • Script Writing
  • Sewing/Cross stitch
  • Sign Language
  • Singing Lessons
  • Web Design
  • Woodwork

Physical Recreation

Physical exercise is good for both body and mind and is essential for a person’s well-being, and so the physical recreation section aims to take advantage of those benefits. You can choose to improve your ability in an activity that you already do, or take up a completely new activity. Activities chosen should be enjoyable and the goals set realistic so that at the end of the section you feel a real sense of achievement.

You may choose an individual physical activity or a team sport, and although the Award itself is non-competitive, competitive sports are perfectly acceptable for Award purposes. In the case of a team sport, it is the individual participant’s personal effort and commitment that counts




The benefit of taking regular physical exercise is no secret. It is one of the most important things a person can do for their health, and impacts upon their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Through the Physical Recreation section, you will be:


  • Educating yourself about health education and promotion of healthy lifestyle habits
  • Improving fitness
  • Interacting socially, especially in a team sport, but also through meeting people with an interest in a similar individual sport.
  • Enhancing self-discipline, perseverance and self-motivation
  • Experiencing a sense of achievement




  • Undertake an activity regularly that requires physical exertion
  • Spend at least 1 hour a week on your chosen activity
  • Undertake activities in your own time. Whilst some activity may take place within school, university or work, most of it should occur outside these times

Examples of Physical Recreation Activities


  • Aerobics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • BMX
  • Boxing
  • Camogie
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Gaelic Football
  • Gym work
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Horse riding
  • Hurling
  • Join a Walking/Hiking Club
  • Kickboxing
  • Kayaking
  • Kiteboarding
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountaineering
  • Netball
  • Pilates
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Martial Arts
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Water Skiing
  • Weight Lifting
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga


Adventure Journey


The aim of the Adventure Journey is to develop a spirit of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an outdoor Adventure Journey as part of a team. This section provides you with the opportunity to take on a unique challenge and gain memorable experience as you become self-sufficient for a few days!


The key elements of the Adventure Journey are the teamwork in planning, and the execution in the face of real challenges posed by an unfamiliar environment. The Adventure Journey can either be an Expedition (a journey with a purpose) or an Exploration (a purpose with a journey).




  • Learning how to plan, prepare, undertake and complete the journey as a part of a team
  • Working as part as a team and understanding group dynamics, your own role within the group, and the role of others in a team
  • Recognising the needs and strengths of others
  • Developing and enhancing leadership skills
  • Improving planning and organisational ability and attention to detail
  • Learning to make real decisions and accept real consequences
  • Obtaining a sense of achievement and satisfaction by overcoming challenges and obstacles
  • Developing self-reliance and independence
  • Experiencing and appreciating the outdoor environment and gaining the appropriate knowledge and skills to journey safely in that environment
  • Reflecting on personal performance




  • Undertake the journey (ideally) with a small team of between four and ten people
  • All team members are involved in the planning and preparation.
  • Not all participants on the journey need to be completing their Award, but they should be involved with decision making
  • Take place in an unfamiliar environment, requiring determination, physical effort and perseverance to complete
  • Stay in a self-catering hostel, camping, or other suitable accommodation
  • Cook at least one substantial meal per day
  • Bring all relevant gear and equipment on the journey
  • Take place on consecutive days and must involve a journey going from point A to point B and to C etc.
  • Must spend the entire period of time exclusively on the expedition
  • Chose a challenging environment that is within the capabilities of the team
  • All Adventure Journeys should be supervised and evaluated by your PAL and /or an Adventure Journey Supervisor


Time Requirements


Level Days Nights Hours of Purposeful Effort KMs Indication

Bronze 2 1 12 25

Silver 3 2 21 48

Gold 4 3 32 80


Examples of Adventure Journey Ideas


Walk a number of stages of the Wicklow Way

Plan a hike on Achill Island

Hike on the Burren; consider the impact of tourism on the flora, fauna or the Burren

Hike on the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Hike in the Comeragh Mountains and use photography as your method of recording the journey

Explore the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies, river valleys, plant studies, animal studies, insect studies


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