Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Bronze

Mr Jonathan BurgeA Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need be at least 14 years old to start a Bronze programme and 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 set your aims for the sections.
This table shows what you need to do:

 

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition

3 months

3 months

3 months

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

You must undertake a further 3 months in the volunteering, physical or skills section

Ideas for sections

Volunteering – Student voice, fundraising, helping out at an animal shelter, gardening for local elderly people, litter picking, helping to run an evening club and many more!

Physical – Football, running, netball, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, horse riding, tennis, karate, street dance, gym, yoga, climbing, skateboarding, sky diving and loads more!

Skills – Cooking, astronomy, beekeeping, piano, bird watching, creative writing, sign language, growing vegetables, first aid, snooker, and much more!

Expedition – Walking, canoeing, cycling, sailing, horseback, rowing.

Why bother?

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…

…like the fact that 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).

...plus 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.

And above all, it's a great laugh! 

The question should really be why you wouldn’t bother!

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