The Award

Pupils at Banff Academy are able to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.  You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

Levels

You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Sections

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter,developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!

Timescales

Bronze (14+ years old)
Volunteering  Physical  Skills  Expedition
3 months  3 months  3 months  Plan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition.
All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

 

Silver (15+ years old)
Volunteering  Physical Skills  Expedition
6 months  One section for 6 months and the other section for 3  months  Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night  expedition.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

 

Gold (16+ years old)
Volunteering  Physical Skills  Expedition  Residential
12 months  One section for 12 months and  the other section for 6 months  Plan, train for and undertake  a 4 day, 3 night expedition.  Undertake a shared activity in a residential  setting away from home for 5 days and 4  nights.
Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

 

Length of time of DofE expeditions

Level  Duration  Minimum hours of planned activity each day
BRONZE  2 days and 1 night  At least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)
SILVER  3 days and 2 nights  At least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 3½ of which must be spent journeying)
GOLD  4 days and 3 nights  At least 8 hours during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)

 Additional Information

Each section has to be carried out for a minimum amount of time and is assessed. Ideas for activities for the different sections as well as the time scales involved can be found at www.dofe.org.

While we can help suggest ideas for these activities it is the participant’s responsibility to organise them. When arranging the different sections please bear in mind that family members cannot assess a section for their son/daughter and the volunteering section has to be carried out for a non-profit making organisation. Record keeping for the Award is internet based and it is the responsibility of the participant to keep their account up to date.

The school will train participants for their expedition. Training is carried out in the classroom, one session per week, which participants must attend and they last for a full year – October through to September. One practice expedition is carried out in the summer term and the qualifying expedition is carried out in the autumn term. Expedition groups are required to do a minimum number of hours of activity per day on their expeditions – 6 hours per day for Bronze, 7 hours per day for Silver and 8 hours per day for Gold groups. As most of this time is spent walking with full rucksacks participants need a good level of fitness to complete their expedition. They will be expected to carry all the equipment necessary to be self reliant for the required number of days/nights – 2 days/1 night at Bronze level, 3 days/2 nights at Silver level and 4 days/3 nights at Gold level. The expeditions are over rough, uneven ground and sturdy footwear will be required. If your son/daughter decides to go enrol on the Award I would strongly recommend that they break in any new boots well before their expedition to avoid blisters.

The adults who help run the Award (including teachers in school) are all volunteers and the success of the Award relies on their goodwill. Good behaviour is therefore expected of participants both in the classroom and out on expedition.

Please discuss these points with your son/daughter and use the website www.dofe.org. to find out more information.