Duke of Edinburgh Award
Some changes have been put in place for current candidates with regard to completing their expedition sections and moving up to the next level. Full details can be found on the DofE website. TCA will be making use of several of the changes in 2020/21.
What is it?
The Award is a qualification recognised by colleges, universities and employers. It consists of four sections, three of which must be completed for a duration of 3-6 months for Bronze and 6-12 months for Silver.
Skills: develop a practical skill in something new or something you already participate in (examples include religious studies, jewellery making, knitting, cookery)
Physical: improve in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities (examples include trampolining, football, kick boxing)
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community (examples include charity shops, youth clubs, school library, prefects)
Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey (includes practice walks, a practice 2 day expedition and a qualifying 2 day expedition for Bronze, 3 days for Silver)
Who can do it?
The Bronze Award is open to those in Years 9-11 and the Silver Award for those in Years 10-11. It is better to have completed Bronze before attempting Silver.
How do I get involved?
You need parental permission to take part and a payment of £40 to cover the registration cost and contributions to campsite fees. Speak to Mrs Bowden for further information.
See the impact TCA candidates have made in the community here.
Day Walk Report 2020
The groups tried out their navigation skills for the first time in the Shustoke/Whitacre Heath area of Warwickshire. Many got a little lost but were able to get themselves back on track. The groups realised that it was not as easy as they thought and know they have to work on this skill ready for their training expedition later this month.
Expedition Report 2019
The groups completed their practice expedition in Warwickshire, starting out in Whitacre Heath and navigating their way North to Drayton Manor. Most groups arrived on time with only one finding the going (and navigating) tough. All were in high spirits at the campsite and cooked themselves some great meals before settling down for the night. Day 2 saw an improvement in navigation and all groups successfully found the finish point on time.
The qualifying expedition saw the candidates walk down through the Lickey Hills from Waseley Hills Country Park and South into Bromsgrove. Navigation was a great success and all the groups got to the campsite safely and on time. Day 2 dawned bright and clear and the groups headed East for their final push to the end. A couple of wrong turns were made in Alvechurch but the groups got back on track and successfully passed their expedition section having learnt much and achieved more.