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Duke of Edinburgh

Please note that we have now filled all of our spaces for our current expeditions, if you would be interested in an expedition please contact us via email.

Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards

The internationally-recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme, founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, operates in 144 nations and has three levels:

  • Bronze – for those aged 14 and over
  • Silver – for those aged 15 and over
  • Gold – those aged 16 and over

A life-changing experience as well as a fun time with friends, it is an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, as well as a tool to develop essential skills for life and work.  A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

At each level they have to satisfy the requirements of 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 completing an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

There are three Award levels:

BRONZE – for those aged 14+ years with timescales:

  • Volunteering section; Physical section & Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

SILVER – for those aged 15+ years, timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
  • If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

GOLD – for those aged 16+ years, timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights

Find out what Gillian got up to as part of her DofE Adventure!

I have just finished my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and I can’t recommend it enough. For me, the best thing about my DofE was my expedition. Despite some mistakes during our practice expedition, our final one was an amazing experience that I won’t forget. It gave me a chance to put everything I had learnt during my training into practice and was a great way to get to know my friends better. Working in our team allowed me to improve my teamwork and planning skills while earning a great award which I know will benefit me all through life. I would recommend the Duke of Edinburgh to anyone looking for a way to meet new people and to develop themselves as a person because it is a great way of gaining skills in many different areas. The DofE is a very rewarding thing to do and helped me to gain more confidence in myself and I am really looking forward to starting my Silver soon!





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