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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Paul Hunt is the DofE co-ordinator for Girlguiding Bedfordshire.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. Doing your DofE will give you the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills.

There are three progressive levels of programmes which, successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. You will create your own DofE programme by choosing a Volunteering, Physical and Skills activity, going on an Expedition and, for your Gold award only, taking part in a residential activity.

The DofE programme is balanced and will develop you in mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and teamwork. Award holders say that participation develops:

  • self-esteem

  • self-confidence

  • a sense of identity

  • independence of thought and mind

  • respect and understanding of people from different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life

  • a sense of responsibility

  • new talents

  • the ability to plan and use time effectively

  • the ability to lead and work as part of a team.

If you are interested in taking up the challenge or want to know more please contact Paul at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be found here.

Who to contact for help

Finding the right people to help can be intimidating, but Girlguiding Bedfordshire is here to make starting your next adventure with the Duke of Edinburgh Award easy and fun!

The chart below will tell you who to talk to throughout your DofE journey to help you complete the award to the best of your ability, no matter what level you're at. For more info, contact your Senior Section Adviser (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or your DofE Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) R

Registration/ Completion Paul Hunt, Bedfordshire DofE Coordinator*
Expedition

Paul Hunt, Bedfordshire DofE Coordinator

Moira Ledbetter, Bedfordshire Outdoor Activities

Georgina Barrett, Bedfordshire Senior Section Adviser

Physical/Skill

Paul Hunt, Bedfordshire DofE Coordinator

Moira Ledbetter, Bedfordshire Outdoor Activities

Georgina Barrett, Bedfordshire Senior Section Adviser

Residential

Paul Hunt, Bedfordshire DofE Coordinator

Georgina Barrett, Bedfordshire Senior Section Adviser

Volunteering

Paul Hunt, Bedfordshire DofE Coordinator

Georgina Barrett, Bedfordshire Senior Section Adviser

 *all participants must be registered by Paul Hunt before working towards any section of their award.

Training and Expeditions

Complete all the elements of training ready to embark on your DofE expedition. Training will include first aid, navigation, camp craft, trangia cooking and route planning.

 

Then explore two different areas of Bedfordshire or surrounding counties countryside (Bronze and Silver entrants) or the Dark Peaks and Mid Wales (Gold entrants).  A chance to complete a self-sufficient walking expedition with your friends. Explore the routes you planned for both a practice and assessed expedition.

 

2018 Dates 

Training for all levels: 28th January and 4th February

 

 

Bronze practice expedition: 5-6th May
Bronze assessed expedition: 9
th – 10th June

Cost £70

Silver practice expedition: 5-7th May
Silver assessed expedition: 27-29
th July

Cost £85

 

 

Gold practice walk: 6th May

 

Gold practice expedition: 11-15th April
Gold assessed expedition: 21
st – 26th July

 

Cost £140

 

Don't forget! You can always check the Bedfordshire Senior Section Opportunities calendar (found on our County Senior Section Facebook page) for ideas and details of upcoming skill, sport, residential and expedition opportunities

 

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