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The 'Duke of Edinburgh's Award'

To All Year 9/10 Students/Parents/Carers for 2017/18

The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 2017/2018

It is very important that you read all of this letter before you take any action towards signing up for the Award.

You must attend all of the relevant dates for your year below.

if you sign up and drop out there is no refund of your sign-up fee : £20.

Please note that this Award is a remote supervision activity and when the Students are on their expedition the teachers will only meet them at checkpoints on their route and at the campsite, if you feel they cannot be left alone please do not sign them up for the award.

I would like to invite you to take part in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award which will start W/C 11 September 2017. There are only 56 Bronze places this season and the fairest way to decide who will take these places will be to put all of the filled in application forms into a hat and draw them out with the first 56 being offered a place, the rest will be put on a waiting list and if any of the drawn out do not wish to take the place the next on the list will be offered that place until all are filled.

What is it?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time, with a well recognised award at the end to show a possible employer your determination to commit and undertake challenges.

What does the programme consist of?

It is a four Section Programme with three progressive levels.
Bronze (for those aged 14 and over)
Silver (for those aged 15 and over)
Gold (for those aged 16 and over)

What do the Sections involve?

Very important; all sections must be completed before the Practice weekend in April.
The section involves:
Volunteering - Helping other people in the local community.
Skills - Covering almost any hobby, skill or interest.
Physical Recreation - Sports, dance and fitness.
Expeditions - Training for, planning and completing on foot two weekend expeditions (camping over night) in Leicestershire and a one day training walk in Nottinghamshire.

How long will it take?

It takes at least six months to achieve the Bronze Award, twelve months for Silver and eighteen months for Gold. This means you will need approximately four hours per week dedicated to this Award. 1 hour per week after school for the Expedition training (days to be decided) and 3 hours for your chosen activities over the week.

How much will it cost?

  • £20 for a Welcome Pack & eDofE account & Limited personal accident insurance www.DofE.org/go/insurance & you will receive a certificate and badge on completion at a presentation evening at the Nottinghamshire County Hall (none refundable if you drop out after the packs have been purchased for you).
  • £20 towards the school licence fee.
  • Expeditions - £48 which consists of a 1 Day hike in Nottinghamshire and 2 weekend expeditions in Leicestershire (food and transport not included).
  • Volunteering - usually little or no cost.
  • Skills - cost depends on the skill chosen and can be negligible.
  • Physical Recreation - costs depend on the sport chosen and on local availability.

Expeiditions - Equipment can be expensive but can often be borrowed or hired.  You will need a 65 litre rucksack, good walking boots with ankle protection, cagoule and over trousers with taped seams, a sleeping bag and roll up carry mat to sleep on.  The school will provide tents, cooking equipment, fuel, maps, Group first aid kits (a small personal kit will be required by each student), campsite fees and to cover voluntary helper's expenses provided by Rushcliffe School (there are no paid paid staff doing the D of E.  All staff give up their own time to help voluntarilty).

Proposed dates for next year's Expeditions:

Please note: All dates are provisional and are subject to change when the exam timetable is published, if the date is clear of exams it will stand. Unfortunately if we do need to change the dates and you cannot attend an activity the sign on fee (£17) is non-refundable but the rest of the cost will be refunded.

20 January 2018 – Practice 1/2 day training walk for groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

21 January 2017 – Practice 1/2 day training walk for groups 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12.

21 and 22 April 2017 – Two day, one night practice expedition in Leicestershire for all Year 9/10 groups.

19 and 20 May 2017 – Two day, one night Final expedition in Leicestershire for all Year 9/10 groups under assessment with a D of E accredited assessor.

Please ensure you are available for all relevant dates before you sign up for this award. You must attend all 3 weekends to qualify for the award with no exceptions.

What do I need to do next?

If you are interested and feel up to the challenge talk to your parents about the award as they will need to support you, download the enrolment form, fill it in and print, please ensure it is signed by yourself and a parent/carer, and then return it to Mr Witts by Wednesday 12th July (any forms received after this date will not be included in the draw).

Only when you have been informed by Mr Witts that you have been accepted to do the award will you then pay the £88 for the welcome pack / eDofE account & expedition costs (information about payment will be given to the successful students when you receive your confirmation of acceptance).

Wishing you the best of luck with your application.

Yours sincerely

Mr I D Witts
Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator

Enrollment Form 2017/18

Expedition Dates Season 2017/18