What is the Duke of Edinburgh Programme?
There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which are Bronze, Silver and the Gold Award.
The Bronze Award 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 (one of these must be 6 months), and complete two expeditions the duration of each being 2 days and 1 night.
The Silver Award 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. You must also complete two expeditions the duration of each being 3 days and 2 nights.
The Gold Award 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 two expeditions will be for four days and three nights and will take place in 'wild country' such as the mountains in Wales.
The big difference at Gold is you'll also in addition to the above do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know.
Each DofE programme usually starts near the end of the summer term.
Why do the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
"The DofE gives you the chance to do something completely new and improve on things you’re already doing. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and friendship groups. Plus you’ll have a brilliant time doing it."
"The award can help you to carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE award highly so it will help to open the right doors for you. If you’re keen to get off the sofa and put 100% into something that could change your life, the DofE is for you".
Is it possible to complete the Gold Award at Robert Clack?
Certainly it is; we have had a number of students who have successfully completed their Gold Award. It is not for the faint-hearted however, as there are so many pressures in the 6th form; so students must be dedicated and above all highly organised and able to use their time efficiently.
The Gold Award itself is a big ceremony involving participants from many different organisations. Presentation take place at St James’s Palace where participants will receive their Award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex.
This is certainly a great day out and one of those top ten memories.
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