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 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 the Crypt we offer students in Year 10 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. The Bronze Award takes six months to complete whilst the Gold Award takes 18 months. Both require students to undertake an expedition for which training and qualifying expeditions are organised by the School. At Bronze level students are required to spend one night camping whilst at Gold level they must camp for three nights.
DofE website: http://www.dofe.org/
Information for parents: http://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/parents/
Provisional Expedition dates for 2015