Duke of Edinburgh's Award opportunities
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a personal development programme for people aged 14 to 24. It's meant to be a real adventure from beginning to end, so you will be helping people, the community or (in our case) the environment, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). You can do programmes at three levels, Bronze (14+), Silver (15+) or Gold (16+), which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE). Your activities are in four sections (five at Gold), which are:
- Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment
- Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
- Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
- Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
- Residential (Gold only) - staying and working away from home as part of a team
If you wish to ask about taking part in DofE in your area – as a potential participant, a participant's parent or as a potential voluntary supporter – go to the Taking Part page of the DofE website to find a county or district level contact who will be able to tell you about your nearest DofE group.
Following a very successful 2014 Residential, bookings are now being taken for 2015
In August each year the Authority provides a residential opportunity (an outdoor, practical conservation task-based project) for young people who are working on their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award. The next will be based in North Ribblesdale, from Saturday 22 to Friday 28 August 2015, running alongside the region's Yorkshire Dales Open Gold Expeditions. Further information will be posted here as soon as it is available. The week's programme has been built around your achievement of the 'Discovery' level of John Muir Award – a very worthwhile extra. The cost for this 2015 event is £250 per participant.
Follow the links to see the relevant documents.
Missed your Gold expedition? It's not the end of the world!
If for some reason (injury, bad timing, lack of companions) you've missed out on your Gold expedition, there is a 'second chance' in August. At the same time as the residential above (Saturday 22 to Friday 28 August 2015), assessors from the Yorkshire Dales and Pennines Support Group of DofE will be offering 'Open Gold Expeditions', making up groups of young people in the same situation as you and then both supervising and assessing the expeditions. For further information, follow this link.
Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award – volunteering
The Authority's Young Rangers programme is suitable for young people who wish to complete the volunteering section of the Bronze Award and who have easy access to the Settle area (it may be possible to arrange transport from Skipton). For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org typing 'Young Rangers' in the subject box.