Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award means different things to different people!
Anyone within the ages of 14 and 24 can take part in the DofE Award programme, which comprises of three progressive levels. Successful completion of levels leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Taking part in DofE isn't about education, learning or hardship - although you will have to show grit, teamwork and determination at times! It is about having fun, making friends, memories, building self-esteem and self-confidence. Its about gaining essential life skills for work and life that include resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing. Having the Duke of Edinburgh Award on a CV and University Application makes you stand out from the crowd, reaching Gold Award, really shows your worth!
As part of the Award, you have to complete 4 different sections for varying time periods:
The four sections aim to develop different skills:
- Volunteering – to encourage service to individuals and the community
- Skill – to encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills
- Physical – to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity
- Expeditions – to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
Benefits To Participants
In taking part, participants develop:
- A sense of identity
- Independence – of thought and action
- A sense of responsibility
- An awareness of their potential
- New talents and abilities
- An understanding of strengths and weaknesses
- The ability to plan and use time effectively
- The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
- New relationships
- Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
- The ability to lead and work as part of a team