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  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Gold
    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Gold
DofE 4 of 5

Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme.

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!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! to do your programme for at least 12 months if you've achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you've started at Gold level without doing your Silver - even if you've done Bronze.

This table tells you what you have to do:

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months Plan, train for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition. 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. Please note, we do not currently run this in school but it can be completed at one of Essex County Council’s open centres. You can find more information about these at https://youth.essex.gov.uk

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!