THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME AT DAVENANT
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme began in 1956 and continues to grow in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Here at Davenant all three levels operate with the expedition section broadening students experience through an increasing challenge.
Bronze will begin with training based in Essex at Skreens Park Scout activity centre and a full day navigation exercise in Epping Forest before continuing with our usual assessment programme in the Peak District.
Silver training is based in a Youth Hostel in the North Pennines followed by a wild camping practice expedition. The final assessment takes place in the Lake District, again using a hostel base and wild camping for the three day expedition. The participants are monitored during the day and checked at the wild campsites at the end of each day. It is sometimes possible for staff to be in the same area overnight but it must be stressed that expedition groups should be regarded as being unsupervised when camping overnight in wild locations.
Gold has a wild camping practice in the Lake District ahead of the assessment programme which involves wild camping in the French Pyrenees. Again, the participants are monitored during the day and checked at the wild campsites at the end of each day. It is sometimes possible for staff to be in the same area overnight but it must be stressed that expedition groups should be regarded as being unsupervised when camping in wild locations. The expedition programme is linked to and followed by an outdoor activities venture holiday.
The whole programme offers good value for money across the range. In the case of hardship an instalment facility is available to ease the burden (or in specific cases other assistance may be available through pupil premium, or The DofE reserve funds.) A Comparison from 2016 is Gold which was priced at £800 through Davenant and at £950 through an open award programme offered through Essex CC. Our programme, giving provisional dates and costs, can be downloaded below.
The scheme is administered and monitored through an online system, ‘eDofE’, and involves three other sections (Volunteering, Physical Activity and a Skill) at Bronze and Silver level and a fourth additional element (Residential Section) at Gold level.