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  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Silver
    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Silver

The next step up from Bronze... you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver DofE.

A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It’s up to you which one you do for longer. The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.

If you start the Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on. Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to set your aims for the sections. This table shows what you need to do:

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition

6 months

One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months

Plan, train for and complete a 2 day, 1 night expedition

Participants that have not completed the Bronze Award must undertake a further six months in the volunteering section or the longer of the physical or skills section. 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!