Duke of Edinburgh Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
What is it all about?
SWIIS Newcastle have been running this award for the last couple of years and feel that this gives young people a recognised award which raises self esteem and provides a lot of enjoyment. If you need any further information, talk to your DofE Leader (Melanie or Mark), they can give you advice and information about the award or you can visit www.dofe.org for more guidance, information, programme planners and programme ideas.
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 over 14years of age to start and then you can see that there is more to life that texting friends or playing computer games.
You can start with the first level and then progress through the other levels. There are three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Unfortunately at present SWIIS is not able to offer the Gold award.
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition.
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition.
The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Bronze (14+ years old)
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)
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.
Length of time of DofE expeditions
Minimum hours of planned activity each day
2 days and 1 night
At least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)
3 days and 2 nights
At least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 3½ of which must be spent journeying)
There are lots of suggestions for the different activities and these are in general terms here but on the site there is much more detail of the different things you can do.
Helping people: Community action & raising awareness: Working with the environment or animals: Helping a charity or community organisation: Coaching, teaching and leadership:
Individual sports: water sports: Dance: Racquet sports: Fitness: Extreme sports: Martial arts: Team sports:
Performance arts: Care of animals: Music: science & technology: Games & sports: Life skills: music: Natural world: media and communication: Learning & Collecting: creative arts: