A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is so much more than a 'pat on the back' for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities for the qualities young people who achieve a DofE Award develop. Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.
There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. To achieve each one, participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a five day residential activity. Participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves goals or targets. It is not a competition or about being first. It is all about self-development.
At Crypt we offer students in Year 9 the opportunity to complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and students in the Sixth Form are able to complete the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. From September 2018 we hope to be able to offer the Silver Award to Year 10 students. The Bronze Award takes 6 months to complete, Silver Award takes 6-12 months and the Gold Award takes 12-18 months depending on whether all of the previous awards have been completed.
All of these awards require students to undertake an expedition for which training, practice and qualifying expeditions are organised by the School using an external Authorised Activity Provider. Some of this training is done through a lunchtime DofE Club and some at the weekends. At Bronze level students will do a walking expedition which requires two days of activity and one night camping in the Cotswolds. At Silver level they walk for three days and camp for two nights slightly further away (Forest of Dean or Brecon Beacons). At Gold level they must walk for four days and camp, possibly in the wild, for three nights in more remote countryside of their choice (Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Peak District etc). We hope in the future to be able to offer canoeing expeditions as well as walking expeditions at Silver and Gold level.
DofE website: http://www.dofe.org/
Information for parents: https://www.dofe.org/do-your-dofe/#k3