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DofE

 

In Explorers we also run the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh award) programme. This involves a variety of ages (14-18) taking part in expeditions and various other activities.

There are 3 awards:

Bronze Award (14+)

Silver Award (15+)

Gold Award(16+)

Bronze Award:

You are able to start the bronze award from the age of 14 and you have until your 25th birthday to complete it.. There are 4 sections to the DofE programme: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Each section ( apart from Expedition) has to be done regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week over this time:

Volunteering section………. 3 months

Physical section……………… 3 months

Skills section………………….. 3 months

Expedition section…… 2 days/1 night (plus training and practices)

You also have to do 3 more months in one of the volunteering, physical or skills section (this means that one of your sections will take 6 months to complete).

It is up to you what activity you do for each section, this means you can chose something that you are enthusiastic about. You will also need to decide on who your section assessors are ( it needs to be an expert in the activity and they can’t be a relative of yours) and agree on your aims with them. Once you are happy and have found your assessors, set your timescales and complete the programme aims and goals in eDofE.

There are many leaders at our group who can help with this process.

 

Silver Award:

You are able to start your silver when you’re 15, and you have until your 25th birthday to complete it. You have the same sections as bronze however you have a longer time scale for silver. Once again, each section( apart from Expedition) has to be done regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week over this time:

Volunteering section………. 6 months

Physical and Skills section……One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months

Expedition section….. 3 days/2 nights (plus training and practices)

If you have not got a Bronze award, you must undertake a further 6 months in volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skill sections.

It is up to you what activity you do for each section, this means you can chose something that you are enthusiastic about. However, if you have done your Bronze award, you will need to chose a new activity that you did not do for Bronze. Sometimes, you are able to take your activity that you did for bronze up to the next level i.e. so it is more challenging. Just remember to check it with the leader. You will also need to decide on who your section assessors are ( it needs to be an expert in the activity and they can’t be a relative of yours) and agree on your aims with them. Once you are happy and have found your assessors, set your timescales and complete the programme aims and goals in eDofE.

There are many leaders at our group who can help with this process.

 

Gold Award:

You are able to start gold when you are 16 and have until your 25th birthday to complete it.  You have the same sections as silver but you have a longer time scale for gold. Also you have to do a Residential section where you undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights. Once again, each section (apart from Expedition and Residential) has to be done regularly for a minimum amount of time, for an average of an hour a week over this time:

Volunteering section…… 12 months

Physical and Skills sections…One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months

Expedition section……… 4 days/3 nights

Residential section…….. 5 days/4 nights.

If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

It is up to you what activity you do for each section, this means you can chose something that you are enthusiastic about. However, if you have done your Bronze or Silver award, you will need to chose a new activity that you did not do for Bronze or Silver. Sometimes, you are able to take your activity that you did for bronze or silver up to the next level i.e. so it is more challenging. Just remember to check it with the leader. You will also need to decide on who your section assessors are ( it needs to be an expert in the activity and they can’t be a relative of yours) and agree on your aims with them. Once you are happy and have found your assessors, set your timescales and complete the programme aims and goals in eDofE.

There are many leaders at our group who can help with this process.

 

 

 

 




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