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Bronze award expedition


Dear participant,

Hopefully you are well on your way with packing your bag for your Bronze expedition trip.  As a bit of a guide I have attached a check list so that you are aware of what you have packed and what you need to pack.  This list is not exclusive, you can pack more clothes than what I have intimated, however when you arrive at the centre you will transfer the clothing and items you will need for your walk into a separate ruck sack.

With regards to food, you can bring items such as super noodles, sweets, chocolate etc.  Please do not bring excessive amounts of food as there will be a shop that you can go to for supplies.  Also, you need to make sure you are not filling your bag up with too much weight while on your walk. E.g. Cans of fizzy juice, Tins of soup/spaghetti/beans etc.

As a reminder, please arrive at school at 8.15am on Monday 6 June 2016.  Please wear the clothes you will be walking in as it will cut down change over time for when we arrive at the centre.  When you arrive at school, please wait at the fitness suite fire door.  Mr. Low will open the doors so that you can be signed in on the register and so that you can leave your bag till it is time to board the bus.

If you have any further questions, or if you have any requests for kit such as walking boots  please email Mr. Low at the address below.



Mr. Low

Department of Physical Education



Item Needed


Got it


Packed it


1 pair of walking boots (only if taking your own)    
2 or 3 pairs of walking socks    
3-4 t-shirts    
Thermal t-shirt    
2 fleece tops or similar    
Walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans)    
Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc

(optional for campsite use)

Warm hat &/or sunhat    
1 pair gloves (if appropriate for weather)    
1 pair shorts (if appropriate for weather)    
Sunblock (ensure to take a high factor lotion – 30 and above)    
Waterproof over-trousers and Tracksuit trousers    
Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof)    
Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)    
Torch or head torch (for campsite)    
Whistle (optional)    
Water bottle (1-2 litres)    
Notebook and pen/pencil    
Tissues/wet wipes (for campsite use)    
Plastic bag for rubbish    
Midge net for walking    
Midge repellent    



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About DofE

What is Duke of Edinburgh?

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what your experience is, you just need to be aged 14 (or nearly 14) and have a desire to be involved in a programme that will help you to develop a range of skills along with challenging you. 


You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, going on an expedition and developing skills for life that will enable you to become an independant learner.

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you enjoy, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

If you need any further information, please get in contact with Mr. Low in the P.E. department.


Gold Award

  • Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme.  No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.
  • If you did a previous level, you can choose the same activity for Gold, but you need to show development in it.  It’s best to try something new!
  • You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section.  For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other – you decide which way round you do it.
  • Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in ‘wild country’.
  • The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.  It’s great fun and a real chance to do something different!
  • For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award.

Silver Award

  • The next step up from Bronze… you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver DofE programme.  If you’ve achieved your Bronze Award, you may be allowed to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.
  • A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It’s up to you which one you do for longer.
  • If you did Bronze, you can choose the same activity for Silver, but you need to show development in it.  It’s best to try something new! 
  • The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
  • It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze.

Bronze Award

  • You can do a Bronze DofE programme once you’re 14 or nearly 14.
  • A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.
  • You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.  It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.
  • It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.