Any young person can do their DofE, regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an award is not a competition or about being first. It is all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment; becoming fitter; developing new skills; planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Achieving an award will give you the skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for university or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activies, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.
Our young people volunteer their time with many of the charitable organisations across the Island. They have developed many new and exciting skills such as medieval sword fighting, beekeeping, Warhammer, Mandarin conversation and origami as well as the more traditional ones like first-aid, learning to drive or becoming a sports coach. Groups plan and complete their own expeditions under the guidance of our qualified staff.
The Gold groups mainly operate in the Brecon Beacons, whilst Silver and Bronze generally use the New Forest and South Downs to journey through.
We have an excellent expedition store with high quality rucksacks, tents and stoves for the students to use; including seven hybrid bikes with trailers. These have been as far as France and Wales in recent times.