What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award
A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.
14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Here at Heath Lane Academy we offer the Bronze award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition.
Three of the sections that need to be completed must be for a 3 month period and the third lasting for six months. These will be recorded through sessions logs/photographs. All sections must be then signed off by an assessor which cannot be a relation to the participant.
Through a DofE programme participants fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem, and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing college, university and job applications.
You can expect to see participants develop in the following areas as they work through their DofE programme:
– Self-belief and self-confidence
– A sense of identity
– Initiative and a sense of responsibility
– A real awareness of their strengths
– New talents and abilities
– The ability to plan and use time effectively
– Learning from and giving to others in the community
– Forming new friendships
– Problem solving, presentation and communication skills
– Leadership and team working skills.
If you have any further enquiries as to how you can get involved with the DofE by enrolling or supporting a young person through their Bronze DofE please get in contact with our DofE manager.
Then there will be links for the following:
- Enrolment introduction letter (will be sent as soon as details are finalised)
- DofE meeting programme (below)
Bronze D of E Expedition details.
As part of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award all participants must complete a practice walk, along with a qualifying expedition, participants much show their confidence with navigation, map reading, camp craft and team work.
Day walk: Saturday 18th March 23
Expedition: Saturday 29th April – Sunday 30th April 23
Participants will only need a small rucksack for the day walk with a packed lunch/snacks and plenty of fluid.
For the expedition they will need full kit along with food/water for the weekend. Participants will be walking from HLA to Ullesthorpe scout campsite (Frolesworth Rd, Lutterworth LE17 5BZ) on Day 1 and then back to HLA on Day 2.
Please see below for group meeting times for both activities. Both activities start at HLA
Group 1 to meet at 8.30am
Group 2 to meet at 8.45am
Group 3 to meet at 9:00am
Group 4 to meet at 9:15am
Approximate finishing times for all groups for both activities will be around 3pm back at HLA. We will contact you if we exceed 3pm.
Expedition Kit List
- Assessor portal link
- enrolment form link
Please complete with a Parent/Guardian