Types of Awards

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Bronze

Bronze Award

You will choose a programme of activities based on three Sections

  • Volunteering (helping other people)
  • Skills (following a hobby)
  • Physical (almost any sport)

There is a vast range to choose from in each Section. You follow your chosen activity by doing it for an hour a week for a number of months. Everybody also does a two day camping expedition. The whole programme takes about a year, or a little more, to finish. If you complete all four areas you are given a badge and a certificate.

Volunteering Skill Physical Expedition
3 months * 3 months * 3 months * Training + 2 day camping expedition

* one of these Sections must be for 6 months

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Gold

Gold Award

The Sections are the same as for Bronze with the addition of a Residential Section. Each Section is of longer duration than at Bronze level. The expedition lasts for four days and is in ‘wild country’. It is a real challenge but one where nearly everyone succeeds. It’s an amazingly rewarding and satisfying experience.

On completion you are given a badge but the Certificate is presented at St James’ Palace, usually by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.

Volunteering Skill Physical Expedition Residential
12 or 18 months * 6, 12 or 18 months * 6,12 or 18 months * 4 days in wild country 5 days and 4 nights on a course

* one of these for 6, one for 12 and one for 18 months, but Volunteering must be for at least 12 months. This assumes you haven’t achieved your Silver Award.

 

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How to get help with your Award

  • an initial interview when we plan your individual programme
  • an interview each Term to check on your progress
  • see Mr Clarke in the D of E Office
  • email Mr Clarke on derek.clarke@richardhale.co.uk
  • use the D of E website www.dofe.org
  • meetings at school for your year group