Duke of Edinburgh
Doing their DofE can be a life-changing adventure for any child. On the way, they will do their own exciting and challenging programme of activities to help them reach their full potential. They'll learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends and gain a great sense of achievement. Employers, colleges and universities really value Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and know what it says about someone who's an Award holder.
Bronze (Aged 14+ - Year 9)
You can do a Bronze DofE programme once you're 14. A Bronze DofE 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. It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.
Silver (Aged 15+ - Year 10)
If you've achieved your Bronze Award, your Licensed Organisation may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday. A Silver DofE 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. If you did Bronze, you can choose the same activity for Silver, but you need to show development in it. It's best to try something new! 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. It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you've already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you've jumped straight into Silver.
For further information about the benefits of taking part in The Duke of Edinbugh Award please contact Mr Harding at school or follow the link to The Duke of Edinburgh Award website: http://www.dofe.org/
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