The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an amazing opportunity for students to participate in something completely different.
The scheme is run for 14 to 24 year olds, and offers an opportunity to take part in activities that students might never have thought of doing before, as well as giving individuals an opportunity to celebrate their talents. The real focus of the award however is the focus on students to take responsibility for the planning, delivery and completion of activities.
Caludon currently runs the bronze level award which is the entry level. Students start the award in Year 9 and complete at the beginning of Year 10. Students need to be 14 to complete the award, however, students can start in Year 9 if they are still 13 years old.
The award is split into 4 sections. The 3 independent sections are called skills, volunteering and physical. Two of these sections must be completed for 1 hour a week for 3 months, with the other section being completed for 6 months. The final section is expedition. Students complete compulsory training each week after school and plan their weekend expedition.
Demanding. Stimulating. DofE is an ideal way for people to do something different, and to develop a skill set that will help them deal with the future challenges of life. Looking at the pictures from the expeditions, it also seems to be a huge amount of fun!