The Discovery Scheme

What’s it all about?

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Have you just started in a hobby?

Would you like to develop your activity to date and improve your achievements from it?

Got a bit stale and want to try something new?

Look no further – this Scheme is here to encourage you to identify lots of activities, from the simple to the advanced, to try them out and grow in both capability and enjoyment of your hobby.

The activities are divided into a number of Sections and you receive Badges for each one tried and completed, with an Award made when certain levels of achievement are reached within each Section.

There’s a special Award for diverse activities – taking part in several Sections.

The Scheme doesn’t have any time limits so no imposed urgency and no pressure, unless of course you want to set your own timescale?

Using the Scheme

The Discovery Scheme app is for simplicity currently written in a spreadsheet and works with Microsoft Office (2007 or above), Libre Office, Open Office and any other software that accepts the current Microsoft .xlsx file format. Each hobby listed has its own version.

You have an interactive Activity & Badges List, a Scoresheet and an Achievement Certificate all of which can be printed at any time. There’s also a diary so you can make notes of what you’ve been doing for each activity.

When you’ve done a particular activity you simply enter the date you completed it into the Activity & Badges List, the Scoresheet and Achievement Certificate update automatically.

It’s all entirely self-contained, does not rely on the Internet and you can take it as quickly or slowly as you wish – the choice is entirely yours.

If there’s sufficient demand I may consider building a web-based version so if that would be of interest please contact me.

There’s no checking that you have done the activity or activities; false entries cheat only yourself!

Of course, you don’t have to complete the app entries to benefit from this Scheme, it just provides a bit of fun and hopefully stimulates further exploration of what your hobby has to offer.

You participate entirely at your own risk; please take care with the activities and if you are unfamiliar with your choice take the time to find out more about it before you take part.  Stay safe and have fun!

Discover – and grow by doing

Continue to The Amateur Radio Discovery Scheme

Continue to The Photography Discovery Scheme

Why not see what other hobbies in this list offer – you never know, you might find something of interest to grow your abilities even further, perhaps in an entirely different field?