The Duke of Edinburgh Award at The Charter School
The Charter School offers all three Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Bronze (Year 10), Silver (Year 11) and Gold (Year 12). Over the last few years, we’ve had a large number of students sign up at each level, especially for Bronze with around 50% of the year group registering over the last few years. Previous expeditions have taken place in Ashdown Forest, Gomshall, The River Severn, The Peak District, Dartmoor, The Brecon Beacons and Southern Germany. All staff that attend the expeditions are fully experienced and have all the necessary qualifications.
The Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator for The Charter School is currently Mr Weninger. Mr Weninger be contacted at SWeninger@charter.southwark.sch.uk
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, which recognises adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises. The programmes are at three progressive levels, which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To complete all three awards takes between one and four years, and they must be completed by the participant's twenty-fifth birthday. There are around 300,000 participants enrolled annually, with the award expanding to 140 other countries.
With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
· Volunteering: Undertaking service to individuals or the community.
· Physical: Improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
· Skills: Developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
· Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
To achieve an Award, you need to prove what activities you've been doing, show how you've progressed and you've met the goals you set for each section.
eDofE is the online system that means you can record your DofE programme and activities, and prove what you've done in loads of different ways.
Once you're a DofE participant, your Leader will set up your eDofE account - and you're ready to start choosing your activities and setting your objectives.
To help you get started and working with eDofE, a number of useful videos have been uploaded onto YouTube at the following web address.
The web address for the eDofE login page is:
To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants:
· Bronze: 3–6 months
· Silver: 6–9 months
· Gold: 12–18 months
· Residential (Gold Award only): 5 Days
Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of the programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.
The Charter School offers various after school and extra-curricular activities that may be used for any one of the Volunteering/Physical/Skill sections.
If you are unsure whether an activity can count towards your Award or you are stuck for ideas, please consult the web address below:
NOTE: Starting this year, The Charter School has employed a new policy stating that participants can only go on expeditions if they have completed the Volunteering, Physical and Skill Sections of their Award. This only applies to those on the Bronze Award. This has been done to encourage a greater number of students to complete their Award.
The Expedition Section is arguably the most exciting aspect of doing the Award. The Award that you are enrolled on will determine how long your expedition will last and the location it will take place.
Each Award demands more time in duration for the expedition:
· Bronze: 2 days, 1 night camping
· Silver: 3 days, 2 nights camping
· Gold: 4 days, 3 nights camping
There will be two expeditions undertaken on each Award, a practice and a qualifier, along with a Navigation Training Day sometime beforehand. The school will organize all expeditions and training. At the moment, the school can only offer walking as the type of expedition, however if there is enough interest, Canoe or Kayaking may be available.
Below is a guide as to what should be taken on a typical Bronze Expedition:
· Rucksack - Approximately 60 Litres
· Sleeping Bag - Four Season preferable
· Sleeping Mat
· Walking Boots
· Socks - Cotton or Wool. At Least 3 Pairs
· Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
· Water Bottle - At Least 1 Litre
· 2x Packed Lunches
· Breakfast and Dinner
· Cutlery/Eating Utensils
· Change of Clothes
· Washing-Up Equipment
· Personal Medication - If Necessary
· Flip-flops/Sandals - To Wear Around Campsite
· Rucksack Liner
· Black Sack
· Bug Repellent
· Hat and Gloves
· Emergency Rations
Provided By The School:
· Tent - 2 Man and 3 Man
· Trangia - 2 Per Group
· First Aid Kit - 2 Per Group
· Maps - 2 Per Group
· Compasses - 2 Per Group
Recommended retailers are:
· Cotswold Outdoor - http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com
· Decathlon - http://www.decathlon.co.uk
· The North Face - http://www.thenorthface.eu
· Mountain Warehouse - http://www.mountainwarehouse.com
· Blacks - http://www.blacks.co.uk
Once enrolled on the Award, each participant is entitled to a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
If you have trouble acquiring some essential items before the expedition, please contact Mr Weninger ASAP so arrangements can be made for the school to provide the necessary items.
Pictures from previous expeditions.