The philosophy of the Duke of Edinburgh Award is to provide a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14 to 24 years old and provides opportunities for young people to experience new activities or develop their existing skills. The scheme provides three levels of achievement these being Bronze, Silver, comprising four sections and Gold that comprises five sections.
When you join our Squadron you will be given the opportunity to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme with fully qualified staff undertaking the training and assessor roles. Cadets who are entered into the scheme with our squadron will, with our assistance, select and set their own timescales and their own programme objectives in each of the following areas;
1. Volunteering: undertaking service to an individual or the community in general.
2. Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or general fitness.
3. Skill: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
4. Expedition: Planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
At Gold level, participants must undertake an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.
Each section must be done for a minimum period of time and it will be monitored and then assessed by a member of our Squadron Staff. Also each level demands more time and commitment form the participants.
The Bronze Award commences at 14+ and three parts of the programme, volunteering, physical and skills, each require a minimum of three months to complete, whilst the Expedition involves planning, training for and undertaking a two-day (one night) expedition.
The Silver Award commences at 15+ with participants spending a minimum of six months volunteering and for the Physical and Skills sections they must spend a minimum of six months on one and three on the other. The expedition involves planning, training for and undertaking a three day (two nights) expedition.
Once you are 16 you can do your Gold D of E programme. You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other. Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in ‘wild country’. 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. Its great fun and a real chance to do something different!