Duke of Edinburgh

Why do your DofE?
Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure.  Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!
You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.  Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.  It’s a real buzz!
Then there’s all the other stuff…
…achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
…you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
…you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
And above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!

What is the aim of the Award?
To help young people to plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What does it involve?
The Award consists of three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Participants must be aged between 14 & 25. Whatever activity is undertaken is recorded in their Record Book. This provides a record of achievements, effort and progress.
Each award has four separate categories:

1. Service,
2. Skills,
3. Physical Recreation
4. Expedition.

What does the School offer?
Seven teachers have volunteered to give up their free time to run the Award as an Extra Curricular Activity within the School.
At present we offer the Bronze Award to S3 Pupils, enrolment takes place after the October Holidays.
The Silver Award is offered to those pupils who have completed their Bronze Award or are in S4. Enrolment takes place after the October Holidays.
The number of participants taking part in the Award is limited.

How long does it take?
It is expected that each Level of the award should take a minimum of 6 months to complete, realistically each level will take around 12 months, (but there is no time limit on this). Once this is complete you can progress to the next level.

What are the costs involved?
There is an annual charge of £25.00 to participate in the Award.  This fee is to cover enrolment charges and also operating costs. Participants may require certain key outdoor clothing for the expedition section, (a list will be provided) though there may be the opportunity to loan some equipment from the school. There may also be small transport costs associated with some activities.

When and where is  the Award Scheme run?
Training sessions are usually run either at lunchtime or after school on a on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Behaviour expectations
It is expected that you will conform with the School Behaviour Policy and the School Community Code at all times whilst participating in the Award.

The Three Levels explained
There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Bronze
A Bronze D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.
You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.  It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

Silver
The next step up from Bronze… you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver D of E programme.  If you’ve achieved your Bronze Award, your Leader may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.
A Silver D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other . It’s up to you which one you do for longer.
The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on.  Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

Gold
Once you are 16 you can do your Gold D of E programme.  No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.
You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section.  For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other – you decide which way round you do it.
Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in ‘wild country’.
The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.  It’s great fun and a real chance to do something different!
For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze.

Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award – but remember, all activities must be completed before then.

To find out further information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme ask Mrs Glendinning in Geography or visit the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme website through the following link: https://www.dofe.org/