Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25. Doing their DofE, gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills.
There are three progressive levels of programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Young people create their own DofE programme by choosing Volunteering, Physical and Skill activities, going on an expedition and, for their Gold only, taking part in a Residential.
Within Scouting, this links directly to the Chief Scout’s Platinum, Diamond and Queens Scout Award.
The DofE is delivered through a number of licensed providers, of which the Scout Association is one of the largest on the country.
The DofE Programme:
The DofE is open to Young People aged 14-25 and is available at three levels:
• Bronze: For those aged 14 and over
• Silver: For those aged 15 and over
• Gold: For those aged 16 and over
The Programme consists of participation in activities within four or five sections (Residential only available at gold level)
• Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
• Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
• Skill: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
• Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey
• Residential (Gold Award only): staying and working away from home during a shared activity.
Starts as soon as our young members sign up, it is very much a time based thing, if the Explorer gets there head down and cracks on they can easily finish Bronze in 6 months, although most take longer as they have school, exams and a life outside of scouting, we hold regular ‘drop ins’ at HQ where we help them with their evidence, give support and advice to them, we try not to push them too hard as it is their award, and the whole idea is for them to do it as a personal challenge.
Further information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme can be found Here
Below is an idea of costing:
Bronze and Silver registrations are currently £25 each, and Gold is £30 this is what we are charged by the County and we pass the fees on for enrolment.
Bronze walking, we stay fairly local and we rarely charge over £20 and the young members supply the food probably another £10 on top.
We have also run canoeing expeditions when we can on the River Chelmer, the limit is 8 so we try to offer it out to all to start with. The paddling expeditions are quite expensive at £70 per head so we subsidise this with the Jack Petchey money. Also with money we receive from fundraising our young members take part in throughout their time in Explorers to try to reduce the cost.
Silver Expeditions cost a little more as we are obliged by the DofE rules to leave the local area and increase the challenge, these expeditions are always on foot and subsidised down to £35 – £40 maximum. There are two expeditions, a practice and a qualifier.
Golds vary, we travel to Wales, Dartmoor or Derbyshire, once again there are two expeditions, we are currently setting up a canoeing expedition, but are struggling to keep cost reasonable, we will get there