Duke of Edinburgh

The DofE Award is a fun adventure and a major challenge. There are three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.

The Bronze Award (Year 10)

Bronze Timescales

Voluntering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months 2 days/1 night
You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

 

2016 dates

 

15th - 17th January - attendance at Bush mills Outdoor education centre for expedition training

After Easter - Practice expedition

May - Qualifying expedition

 

Expedition Training Framework - Bronze

 
First aid and emergency procedures

Training based on the current edition of the Authorised Manual of St. John Ambulance, St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association or The British Red Cross.

  • Action in an emergency – resuscitation, airway, breathing and circulation.
  • Recognition and treatment of hypothermia and heatstroke. 
  • The treatment of wounds and bleeding.
  • Treatment for shock.
  • The treatment of blisters, cuts, abrasions, minor burns and scalds, headaches, insect bites, sunburn, splinters.
  • The recognition of more serious conditions such as sprains, strains, dislocations and broken limbs.
  • Knowing what to do in the case of an accident or emergency.
  • Summoning help - what people need to know, telephoning for help, written message.
  • Getting help, self-help and waiting for help to arrive, keeping safe and warm, helping people to find you.
 
An awareness of risk and health and safety issues
  • Expedition fitness.
  • Telling people where you are going.
  • Identifying and avoiding hazards.
  • Keeping together.
  • Weather forecasts – knowing how, where and when to obtain weather forecasts, relating weather forecasts to observed conditions, looking for signs which will indicate changes in the weather.
Navigation and route planning

The 1:25 000 scale Explorer maps, available for the whole of England, Scotland, Wales and parts of Northern Ireland, should be used as they make instruction and learning easier. They show the field boundaries, making it easier to locate precisely the footpaths, tracks and lanes used for travel in this type of country. Participants should also be familiar with the 1:50 000 scale Landranger maps. 
 

Preparatory map skills
  • The nature of maps.
  • The use of 1:25 000 Explorer, 1:50 000 Landranger or the relevant maps in Northern Ireland and abroad.
  • Map direction.
  • Scale and distance, measuring distance, distance and time.
  • Conventional signs
  • Marginal information.
  • Grid references.
  • A simple introduction to contours and gradient.
  • The ability to give a verbal description of a route linking two places from the map.
 
Practical map skills
  • Setting the map.
  • Locating position from the map.
  • Determining geographical direction and direction of travel from the map.
  • Checking the direction of paths using the set map.
  • Identifying features in the countryside by using the map.
  • Locating features marked on the map in the countryside.
  • Planning a route, preparing a simple route card.
  • Following a planned route.
 
Compass skills

The introduction of the compass at Bronze level should be at a basic level. 

  • The care of the compass.
  • Direction from the compass in terms of the cardinal and the four intercardinal points. 
  • Setting the map by the compass 
  • Finding a direction
 
Campcraft, equipment and hygiene
  • Choosing suitable clothing, footwear and emergency equipment and knowing how to use it.
  • Choosing and caring for camping gear.
  • Packing a rucksack or for waterborne expeditions a suitable waterproof container, waterproofing the contents, always keeping the weight down to a minimum, and about a quarter of the body weight when walking.
  • A rucksack safe lifting technique.
  • Choosing a campsite, arrangements for water, cooking and sanitation, refuse disposal, fire precautions.
  • Pitching and striking tents.
 
Food and cooking
  • Cooking and the use of stoves.
  • Safety procedures and precautions which must be observed when using stoves and handling fuels.
  • Follow the stove safety instructions.
  • Cooking substantial meals under camp conditions.
 
Countryside, Highway and Water Sports Safety Codes
  • Understanding the spirit and content of the Countryside Code. 
  • The avoidance of noise and disturbance to rural communities.
  • A thorough knowledge of the content of the Highway Code with special emphasis on specific modes of travel such as horse riding or cycling if they are to be utilised during the expedition.
  • If undertaking a water based expedition, a thorough knowledge of the Water Sports Safety Code. 
 
Observation recording and presentations
  • Choosing an aim.
  • Developing observation skills and different methods of recording information.
  • Skills relevant to the method of presentation.
  • Researching relevant information.
 
Teambuilding

The Expedition section involves participants working together as a team in order to complete the expedition. Teambuilding should permeate all expedition training and can be enhanced through team-building exercises and regular reviews so that when the group sets out on the qualifying expedition, participants are able to work together as an effective and cohesive unit.

The Silver Award (Year 11)

Silver Timescales

Voluntering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months. 3 days/2 nights
If you didn't do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

This year we are using an "approved activity provider" (the Causeway outdoor adventure centre) to provide the training and supervision for the expedition section.

This organisation will provide training externally and the expeditions will be run through them.
 

2016 Dates


 

The Gold Award (6th Form)

Gold Timescales

Voluntering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months. 4 days/3 nights Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
If you didn't do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

This year we are using an “approved activity provider” (the Causeway outdoor adventure centre) to provide the training and supervision for the expedition section.
This organisation will provide training externally and the expeditions will be run through them.
 

2016 Dates