Education for Life

Duke of Edinburgh

Training Dates

(at 19:00 - 21:00 in the PK Building)

 Tuesday 7th November 2017
 Wednesday 8th November 2017
 Thursday 9th November 2017
 Tuesday 14th November 2017
 Wednesday 15th November 2017
 Thursday 16th November 2017
 Tuesday 16th January 2018
 Thursday 12th April 2018
 Thursday 3rd May 2018
 Wednesday 9th May 2018 - Expedition Presentation


Expedition Dates

Day Walk 

Saturday 27th January 2018

(08:00 - 18:00)

Practice Expedition

Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th April 2018

(08:00 - 20:00, camping overnight)

Assessed Expedition

Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th May 2018

(08:00 - 20:00, camping overnight)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The concept of the DofE is simple – anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.

With assistance from DofE Leader, you will select and set objectives in each of the following areas:

Volunteering

Which involves undertaking service to individuals or the community. (NB: Volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.). Examples:
  • Raising money for a cancer charity
  • Being a football coach at the local youth club
  • Helping at an after-school club for kids with cerebral palsy
  • Running a recycling project in their local housing estate
  • Being an active member of a youth council or forum.

Physical

Which involves improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. Examples:

  • Playing table tennis regularly at their youth club
  • Taking part in after-school wheelchair basketball lessons
  • Joining a local athletics club and competing for their area
  • Improving their karate skills and gaining the next belt
  • Taking weekly dance lessons at a local club.

Skills

Which involves developing practical and social skills and personal interests. Examples:

  • Learning how to juggle
  • Taking saxophone lessons and gaining a higher grade
  • Compiling a book on the fashions of the last decade
  • Learning about today’s digital lifestyle, creating a video and posting it online
  • Being an active member of a Young Enterprise group at their college.

Expedition

Which involves planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. Examples:

  • By wheelchair, following a disused railway track noting the current use of previous railway buildings
  • Recording the wildlife found on the Strangford Lough canoe trail
  • By foot, planning a route in the Lake District to visit areas that inspirea
  • Wordsworth’s poems
  • Planning  an  expedition  on  horseback  in  the  countryside  including identifying suitable farm campsites and bridleways
  • Using the cycle system in the Netherlands to undertake a research project on the provision and quality of cycle paths compared to the UK.

At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section.

Residential

Which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity. Examples:

  • Assisting at a summer camp for Brownies
  • Joining an ACF activity week with members of different detachments
  • Improving their Spanish language skills on a course in Madrid
  • Helping deaf or blind young people and adults to enjoy a holiday in France
  • Joining a conservation holiday.

Duke of Edinburgh Award - Official Website