There seems to have been a bit of controversy over Prince Edwards comments about the risk of death being part of the attraction of DofE.
But does anyone else, like me, think that he has a point? I think that there is no doubt that his precise wording was perhaps a bit undiplomatic. Kids have died on adventurous activities and perhaps he could have made his point with different words vut I think he has hit the nail on the head.
Kids do want an adventure which is why DofE, like scouting, guiding, cadets etc are all growing. And kids aren't stupid, they know that things like climbing or canoeing can be dangerous, but that is ultimately why they do it. They don't want to be wrapped in cotton wool. I remember the hard time I got at school for being a Venture Scout, then when I showed some pictures of me ice climbign in Scotland the piss taking reduced dramatically. Suddenly it was taken seriously.
Prince Edward could probably do with a few words of advice on his wording but I think it would be a shame if his poor choice of words undermined a very important point that he was making.