The Duke of Edinburgh's 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 2021/22.
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 £30 to cover the registration cost and contributions to campsite fees. Speak to Mrs Bowden for further information.
Bronze Challenge Weekend 2021 (in lieu of expedition)
In May, the bronze candidates spent a weekend completing a series of challenges entitled “Scaling Everest”. This was an adaptation made by DofE to allow expedition sections to be completed under Covid restrictions. The weekend was spent doing a range of activities which included map reading, bearings, bird hunts, creating a launcher, putting up tents, packing rucksacks, obstacles courses, ciphers and code challenges, fitness activities and much more. All candidates successfully completed the weekend and had their expedition section signed off. It was also the completion of the whole Bronze Award for 12 of the cohort.
Silver Expedition Report 2021
The Silver expedition this year consisted of 3 days of walking in the Lickey Hills and Cannock Chase. Covid rules allowed for no camping but they still had to cook food on the trangias (we did this in the school car park!!). Two groups set off on a wet and miserable Friday with smiles on their faces. The smiles faded somewhat after their navigation let them down but they all found the finish point and returned again the next day. Day 2 and day 3 were far more successful, with excellent navigation and any errors being quickly corrected. Developing teamwork and communication were the aims which all managed very well. The much improved weather helped tremendously and all candidates were successful in completing their expedition section. All that remains now is for them to produce and give a presentation on their weekend