DofE

Duke of Edinburgh Award

“A Leading youth Charity, the DofE gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfill their potential and have a brighter future.”*

“By doing your DofE, you’re in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an Award that’s recognised by universities and employers alike”*

At Handsworth Grammar you will have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, between year 9 and year 13.

 

In the tent!

 

Why do your DofE?*

Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure.  Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!

  • You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.  Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.  It’s a real buzz!
  • Then there’s all the other stuff…
  • …achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
  • …you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
  • …you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
  • And above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!
  • Read what the Telegraph newspaper said about the value of achieving a DofE Award (published 26 August 2011)

 

What do you have to do?

We start in September of each year and aim to finish the award in July, the following year (Gold may take a little longer)

Bronze Award:

You must:

  • be 14 or older
  • volunteer for charity work for at least one hour per week for 6 months
  • learn a new skill for at least one hour per week for 3 months
  • take part in a physical activity / sport for at least one hour per week for 3 months
  • take part in a practice expedition and your assessed expedition, over 2 weekends:
    • 2 days walking / exploring the country side
    • camp overnight, including cooking your own meals

 

Silver Award:

You must:

  • be 15 or older
  • volunteer for charity work for at least one hour per week for 6 months, if you’ve already got your Bronze Award, otherwise, if you jump straight to Silver you’ll have to do 12 months
  • learn a new skill and a physical activity / sport for at least one hour per week for a minimum of 3 months for one and 6 months for the other – you choose which is longer
  • take part in a practice expedition and your assessed expedition, over 2  long weekends:
    • 3 days walking / exploring the country side
    • camp overnight for 2 nights, including cooking your own meals

 

Gold Award:

You must:

  • be 16 or older
  • volunteer for charity work for at least one hour per week for 12 months, if you’ve already got your Silver Award, otherwise, if you jump straight to Gold you’ll have to do 18 months
  • learn a new skill and a physical activity / sport for at least one hour per week for a minimum of 6 months for one and 12 months for the other – you choose which is longer
  • take part in a practice expedition and your assessed expedition, over 2 long weekends:
  • 4 days walking / exploring the country side
    • camp overnight for 3 nights, including cooking your own meals
    • 1 extra day for acclimatisation
    • The expedition will be in ‘wild country’ – not anywhere near towns and cities
    • The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.  It’s great fun and a real chance to do something different!

 

If you’re interested….

See Mrs Stanton in room C3.

 

 

 

 

 

* Taken from the DofE website: http://www.dofe.org/