Duke of Edinburgh Award
To inspire, guide and support young people in their self development and recognise their achievements.
Young people doing their DofE programme complete four different types of activity at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold level to achieve an Award. You need to be in Year 9 to start Bronze, Year 10 for Silver and Year 12 for Gold:
Volunteering: undertake service to individuals or the community. This develops compassion, commitment and the confidence to make a difference.
Good examples of this include: the schools eco committee, litter picking, aiding the younger years at a sports/club, helping with a local food bank or helping an elderly neighbour/family member with their weekly food shop.
Physical: improve in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. This develops fitness, enjoyment and, depending on the activity, teamwork.
Good examples of this include: After school sports clubs, gym work, running or cycling in the local area
Skills: develop practical and social skills and personal interests. This helps young people to realise their unique potential and gain greater self-esteem.
Good examples of this include: Cooking at home, music lessons, Duolingo or IBM Skills (https://www.dofe.org/shop/ibm-skillsbuild-home-page/ ) which offers free online courses
Expedition: plan, train for, and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. This develops teamwork and leadership, and challenges young people to push themselves beyond their expectations. Each team of 4-7 will need to decide a team goal, plan a team menu then complete their hike carrying their gear.
Residential (Gold level only): stay and work away from home doing a shared activity. Again this challenges young people, who must work with strangers to achieve a positive goal.
For the Enthusiast please visit http://www.dofe.org/
Course Leader: Mr L Cross, DofE@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk