The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme (DofE) is just finishing its third successful year.
The award is divided into 4 sections:
- Volunteering - This is where you do volunteer work for and hour a week.
- Skills - This is the section where you learn a new skill for an hour a week.
- Physical - This section is where you choose to do a physical activity for an hour a week.
- Expedition - This last section is where you get to explore the outdoors and learn many outdoor skills such as camping, navigating using a map and compass, cooking outdoor food and also extends your fitness.
There are many advantages to doing the DofE some of these are listed below:
- The ability to work as part of a team
- New relationships
- Increase your confidence
- To understand your weaknesses and strengths
- To learn new skills, problem solving, presentation and communication
- Gain an appreciation for the outdoors
- Increase your health and fitness.
There are three levels to the DofE, BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD.
- 14yrs of age to start the Bronze.
- 15yrs of age to start the Silver.
- 16yrs of age to start the Gold.
For more information on the Award please visit (www.dofe.org)
The Enrolment Scheme
The DofE is open to everyone! I (Mr Wrona) will come around your form rooms to talk to you about the award and you will have the opportunity to put your name down for an interview. From the interview I will choose 14 participants.
Here is a list of things I will be looking for during your interview:
- Why you want to do the DofE?
- What qualities to you think you could bring to the DofE?
- What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are?
- What do you know about the DofE?
There are 4 training days for the Bronze Award and 5 training days for the Silver Award, leaving school promptly at 9.00am on selected weekends throughout the year. You would need to consider if you have any other commitments that would conflict with the training? You are required to attend 80% of the training, any less would be considered unprepared for the expedition.
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