Duke of Edinburgh Programme
HMSG’s DofE Co-ordinator, tells us what is involved and we talk to Year 10 girls taking part in this challenge in 2016
What is DofE?
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 aged between 14 and 24 and realise that there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
You can do programmes at three levels which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for a Gold, a Residential.
You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
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 experience, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Why do DofE?
Good question! Because from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!
You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of. It’s a real buzz!
Then there’s all the other stuff…
…achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
…You’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
…You’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
If you have any queries or require further information about the Duke of Edinburgh award, please email Louisa Scott, DofE Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haberdashers’ Schools Duke of Edinburgh expedition to Snowdonia – 2015