The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a nationally recognised scheme that encourages the development of both personal character and the key skills so valued by employers – out of all the extra-curricular activities undertaken by young people DofE is the most valued by employers.
So what is it?
The DofE Award is comprised of three broad levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within each level there are four sections:
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad
At Gold level, participants must also complete a fifth, Residential, section.
So what will it cost?
The cost of DofE is made up of several elements – including enrolling on the Award Scheme itself, transport, campsite fees, our DofE Site Licence, fuel (we use gas), admin and some contribution towards covering the lessons missed by staff on teaching days. To cover this we would ask that an initial payment of £25 be made when completing the enrolment form and then five further payments of £20, starting in January 2020. This will be set up on the ParentPay system to make things as straightforward as possible. Total, all-in cost will be £125 for the Bronze (starting) Level.
There is, however, a possibility of financial support to reduce costs and to help further a limited number of rucksacks, sleeping bags and waterproofs are available to hire at low cost.
The College can supply tents, stoves and cook-sets but in most cases participants will be expected to provide their own personal equipment: rucksack (60 – 70 litres), boots, compressible sleeping bag and waterproofs. Current Year 9 need not panic if they do not have this yet….further advice and training will be given with regards to equipment.
Incidentally, with their DofE ID card, participants will get 15% off all Cotswolds products and 10% off at Go Outdoors!
So, what do I do?
The DofE philosophy is that the Award presents a personal challenge for the individual rather than being in competition with their peers – with each participant’s programme being tailor-made to reflect the participant’s own interests and life-style.
One of the reasons why it is so valued by employers and university admissions personnel is that the Award, at whatever level, does recognize hard work and achievement of the participant – often working outside of their comfort zone.
At Eggbuckland, students will be expected to attend regular support meetings where the various aspects of the scheme are presented and their own progress is monitored – the actual activities themselves must be completed outside of normal lesson time.
These support/training sessions will take place at lunchtimes or afterschool to suit both students and staff. Practice walks and navigation training will take place on the occasional Saturday whilst the Expedition will take place in the Rollover week at the end of the Summer Term. Prior to the assessed Expedition there will need to be a Practice Expedition (two days, one night) which may well be on a weekend earlier in the year.
DofE intro letter to parents
DofE Sample Enrolment