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DofE Award

You may of heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don-t know what it is or whether it's for you. Well, it's for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple - 'to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements'.

To put it another way, they help you succeed. With the same sense of adventure that drew you to the Air Cadets in the first place, the DofE takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.

We're proud to be the DofE Award's largest participant.

Many cadets find achieving a DofE Award life-changing whilst being fun, adventures and major challenge, a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone cadet aged over 14 years. Many of our cadets have already taken part in the world's leading youth achievement award - pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

Adventurous, caring, sporty, creative; however, you might describe yourself, the DofE is for you. You will be asked to complete a number of hours in the following areas, ( place your mouse over each one to find out more)

Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people's lives. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign, the Volunteering section of your DofE enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.

The Physical section is a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.

The Skills section is about discovering what you're really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a websiteA
By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you'll boost yourself-esteem and your CV.

Imagine horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, cycling in the Scottish Highlands or hiking in Canada. Whatever you decide to do, you'll have an unforgettable experience getting to grips with the great outdoors.
As part of a small team, you'll plan and complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch your horizons. You'll improve your communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with you.

If you have any question, please speak to any member of staff.
•Bronze - for those aged 14+ years
•Volunteering section: 3 months
•Physical section: 3 months
•Skills section: 3 months
•Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
•You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
•Silver - for those aged 15+ years
•Volunteering section: 6 months
•Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
•Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
•If you didn't do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
•Gold - for those aged 16+ years
•Volunteering section: 12 months
•Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
•Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
•Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
•If you didn't do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.