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Duke of Edinburgh Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh?

If you are between 14 and 23 ½  and want a real adventure then why not enrol on a Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Anyone can do a programme at one of three progressive levels, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.

Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh is a great experience which helps you develop as a person, make new friends and gain great memories which you will remember for the rest of your life.

Remember also many colleges, universities and employers have a high regard for the Duke of Edinburgh!

The Sections

• Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals on 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.

• At Gold level: you will be required to do an additional fifth residential section which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

There is a wide range of activities to choose from. There is no exam but like most things in life you get out of a Duke of Edinburgh programme what you have put in.

The Levels

Bronze (14+ years old)

Volunteering - 3 months .

Physical - 3 months.

Skills - 3 months.

Expedition - Plan, train for and complete a 2 day, 1 night expedition.

All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section.

Silver (15+ years old)

Volunteering - 6 months.

Physical & Skills - One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months.

Expedition - Plan, train for and complete a 3 day, 2 night expedition.

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold (16+ years old)

Volunteering - 12 months.

Physical & Skills - One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months.

Expedition - Plan, train for and complete a 4 day, 3 night expedition. 

Residential - 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.

There is a very wide range of activities to choose from. There is no exam but like most things in life you get out of a DofE programme what you have put in.

Where can you do it?

• Schools
• Colleges
• Youth Clubs
• Voluntary youth organisations
• Universitys
• Through your employers
• Through other schemes

Contacts

If you want to find out more check out the DofE’s website on:- www.dofe.org or contact:-

Mr Ken Jones (Strategic Manager, Duke of Edinburgh, Gwynedd)
Cyngor Gwynedd Council
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 1SH
Tel: 01286 679315
kenjones@gwynedd.gov.uk

Mrs Rhian Owen (Administrative Assistant)
Cyngor Gwynedd
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 1SH
Tel: 01286 679187
RhianGwenethOwen@gwynedd.gov.uk

Stephanie Price (Director Duke of Edinburgh Wales)
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Oak House
12 The Bulwark
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7A
Tel: 01874 623086
Stephanie.price@DofE.org

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