There are three levels of the DofE Award programme which you can apply for, we normally advise starting with the Bronze level to then progress to the Silver level and finally the Gold level. Each Award level has an entrance age for each level particularly the Gold level, this is due to the expedition requirements.
At times we have young people apply to Silver or Gold without carrying out the previous levels, this is known as a ‘direct entrant’. Whilst young people can apply to all levels if they meet the age requirement, at Barnet, we like to ensure the safest and best experience possible. In this instance we will arrange a discussion with individuals to ensure they are able to meet the fitness, ability levels and the mental determination to complete the Silver and especially the Gold level expedition. After the discussion we will make recommendations for the best experience for the young person to ensure.
Each award level has different requirements, we recommend starting with the Bronze level and working your way up to Silver and then Gold level as it gives a fuller and broader experience which will be noticed on application forms for further education or job applications which is exceptionally useful for young people to commitment levels and key skills for prospective further educational facilities or future employers.
Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve that Award – but remember, all activities must be completed before then.
The tables below show you minimum timescales for each level and section. We’ve put the length of time in months – you need to show regular activity and commitment during this time averaging at least an hour a week.
You can’t achieve an Award in a short burst of enthusiasm over one weekend, this needs to be a commitment of 1 hour each week per section!
Minimum hours of planned activity each day
2 days and 1 night
At least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)
3 days and 2 nights
At least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 3½ of which must be spent journeying)
4 days and 3 nights
At least 8 hours during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)
Notes: Time associated with overnight accommodation and catering is additional to the minimum daytime hours of planned activity. You have to undertake at least one practice expedition as part of your training. This may be more closely supervised than your final assessed expedition, which is remotely supervised to develop independence and a sense of personal responsibility.
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