The Duke of Edinburgh Award 2022
It is very important that you read all of this information before you take any action towards signing up for the award.
Please note: this Award is a remote supervision activity and when the Students are on their expedition, the teachers will only meet them at checkpoints on their route and at the campsite. If you feel they cannot be left alone, do not sign them up for the award.
All students will be expected to attend weekly training sessions to become proficient in navigation, camp-crafts, health & safety and emergency procedures, failure to attend on a regular basis will mean exclusion from the expeditions.
All communication will be through the students, this is to ensure they learn the importance of good communication, responsibility and independence.
To All Year 9 Students/Parents/Carers
I would like to invite you to take part in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Award which will start in January 2022, there are limited bronze places available this season and the fairest way to decide who will take these places will be to put all of the completed applications into a hat and draw them out with the first out being offered a place and the rest will be put onto a waiting list and if any of the drawn out students who do not wish to take their place it will be offered to the next in line. (Please note that all who have completed their bronze award will be offered a chance to do silver/gold).
What is it?
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural, and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 13/14-25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, and enjoyable activities in their free time, with a well recognised award at the end to show a possible employer your determination to commit and undertake challenges.
What does the programme consist of?
It is split into four sections.
The sections involve:
- Volunteering – Helping other people in the local community.
- Skills – Covering almost any hobby, skill, or interest.
- Physical Recreation – Sports, dance, and fitness.
- Expeditions – Training for, planning, and completing on foot one day walk and one-weekend expedition (camping overnight).
How long will it take?
It takes at least six months to achieve the Bronze Award. This means you will need approximately four hours per week dedicated to this Award. 1 hour per week after school for the expedition training and 2 to 3 hours for your chosen activities over the week.
How much will it cost?
Please note: The sign-on fee of £22 and is non-refundable but the rest of the cost will be refunded if you drop out before any of the expeditions.
- £22 for a Welcome Pack & eDofE account & Limited personal accident insurance www.DofE.org/go/insurance & you will receive a certificate and bronze badge on completion.
- Expeditions – £64 which consists of 1 training day & 1 weekend expedition (food and transport not included).
- Volunteering – usually little or no cost.
- Skills – cost depends on the skill chosen and can be negligible.
- Physical Recreation – costs depend on the sport chosen and on local availability.
Expeditions – Equipment can be expensive but can often be borrowed or hired, but you will need a minimum 65 litre rucksack, good waterproof walking boots with ankle protection, Cagoule, and over trousers with taped seams, a sleeping bag, and a roll-up carry mat to sleep on. The school will provide tents, cooking equipment, fuel, maps, Group first aid kits (a small personal kit will be required), campsite fees and to cover voluntary helper’s expenses which the Rushcliffe School will provide (There are no paid staff doing the D of E they all give up their own time to help voluntarily).
Proposed dates for next year’s Expeditions:
Because of the backlog due to Covid-19, the expeditions will be in September and October (year 10) dates to be announced.
What do I need to do next?
If you are interested and feel up to the challenge, talk to your parents about the award as they will need to support you, download the enrolment form, research what you are going to do, fill in the forms and print them off. Please ensure it is signed by yourself and a parent/carer and then return it to Mr Witts by Friday 10th December 2021, any forms received after this date or not correctly filled in will not be included in the draw and the forms can be found below.
Only when you have been informed by Mr Witts that you have been accepted to do the award and the dates have been confirmed will you then pay the £86 for the welcome pack / eDofE account & expedition costs.
Please do not start any of the activities until 1st January 2022 and you have been accepted by Mr Witts.