The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award ( or more commonly “D of E”) is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving young people the opportunity to be the very best they can be.
The DofE is a fun challenge and an adventure. It has three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities to offer endless possibilities. Participants will gain new skills, push themselves physically and help others. It builds young peoples confidence in themselves and each other and it gives them the opportunity to develop life-skills such as team work, organisation, self-reliance and inter-personal skills through the Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections of the award.
A DofE award enhances any CV, helping the students to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or college.
To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award visit their website at http://www.dofe.org
The St Paul’s Duke of Edinburgh group meets every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm – usually in the school but we also operate outside sessions during the summer months.
We operate all sections of the award up to and including Gold. Our volunteer leader team hold a number of qualifications which allows us to operate our own expeditions at Bronze Silver and Gold levels.
Starting Your D of E at St Paul’s
We normally recruit our new Year 9 participants in February.
This time is chosen as it allows for expedition training activities during March to May, therefore allowing both a Practice and Qualifying Bronze expedition to take place in the same calendar year.
It also allows for participants to plan and start working on their Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections of the award in advance of going on their expeditions.
We would expect most participants to have completed all of the sections of their Bronze award by Christmas of the year in which they enrol, and to progress to Silver the following year.
The Expedition section of the award requires all participants to be properly trained before going on expedition. As this training takes place between March & May, we don’t normally allow people to join us after the February recruitment drive, as this means they will have missed the training activities.
It is possible for those in year 10 to join as direct Silver entrants and for those over 16 to join as direct Gold entrants, however anyone doing so must also undergo the expedition training activities.