Duke Of Edinburgh Award

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Hi , just wanted to ask if anyone did the DOFE and if they did, where abouts did they go and how did they find it , thanks

Posted: 14-07-12 23:56 by SciTech

I did my Bronze Expedition in the Cotswolds, Silver in the Peak District and will be doing my Gold in Scotland. At my school we walked bronze and silver and we are canoeing instead for gold. The expedition is fun but make sure your walking boots don't rub as it kills when they do. However its isn't just about the expedition as the physical, skills and volunteering sections are just as important and can be just as fun. i would definately recommend it!

Posted: 15-07-12 17:58 by Sophie

Thanks! That sounds soooo cool.. im looking forward to it!

Posted: 16-07-12 18:27 by SciTech

Cool! if you have any more questions, just ask!

Posted: 18-07-12 15:02 by Sophie

Do the people who work there decide where you do your expedition? or is it the same every time? not quite sure...

Posted: 19-07-12 19:22 by SciTech

I think it depends who you do the award with (school, scouts ect. I have done it all with school so the teacher in charge decided where we were going but we planned the routes that we did - they just told us which campsites we needed to go to. With Gold we could have chosen to go abroad but we chose Scotland as it is cheaper.

 The expeditions get harder so with Bronze you start off in a relatively flat area and its 2 days and 1 night, Silver there are way more hills and its 3 days and 2 nights and with Gold we are canoeing for 4 days and 3 nights.

Are you doing it through school?

Posted: 20-07-12 14:12 by Sophie

yeh , im doin it through skewl... another two questions , do you pay for the expenses of the places your self in addition to the 14 pound payed for the awards (nd 20 for the gold i think) and another question... do we have 2 mke the transport there ourselves  did u make the transport ur self or from skewl... sorry 2 bother u with this!

Posted: 20-07-12 19:24 by SciTech

We have to pay for our expedition but it wasn't much as it just had to cover the cost of campsites and transport. It was under £100. For gold it is more expensive as we were canoeing so had to cover the cost of hireing canoes ect. I think the actual expedition is going to be around £300 - £400.

At our school, our bronze expedition was near to us so our parents took us. With silver, we took minibuses and Gold we are using coaches as they aren't expecting our parents to take us to Scotland.

Then again it all depends on your school and where you live. Its probably best to ask the teachers that are running it.

Don't worry about asking questions! Im happy to help!!!

Posted: 20-07-12 21:14 by Sophie

thanks soo much with da help. What school were you from when you did this.?

Posted: 21-07-12 11:23 by SciTech

My school is in kenilworth and Im now at the sixth form. what school are you at? and what are you thinking of doing for each of your sections?

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Posted: 21-07-12 14:10 by Sophie

I attend Bradford Grammar and i haven't started the DOFE yet , i just wanted to get a rough idea about how it will be like. Thanks for your help :)

Posted: 21-07-12 17:58 by SciTech

thats ok - enjoy dofe - its great fun!

Posted: 21-07-12 19:59 by Sophie

yup.. im soo luckin forward 2 it!

Posted: 22-07-12 23:35 by SciTech

wow, it sounds like a lot of fun. I'd like to try it, but i don't know if it would be a bit hard to find the time, as i will be taking an extra gcse next year too. Most of my friends are doing it, then theres me.

Posted: 02-08-12 11:46 by anum

Sophie wrote:

I did my Bronze Expedition in the Cotswolds, Silver in the Peak District and will be doing my Gold in Scotland. At my school we walked bronze and silver and we are canoeing instead for gold. The expedition is fun but make sure your walking boots don't rub as it kills when they do. However its isn't just about the expedition as the physical, skills and volunteering sections are just as important and can be just as fun. i would definately recommend it!

Wow! thats commitment. Good luck with gold- that'll be a great achievment when you're done- thats amazing.

Posted: 02-08-12 11:51 by anum

well, i dunno wot school u go to anum , but in my school, because finding the time to do things is difficult thet try and fit it in the holidays which is really good. so try asking your school teachers , firstly if they offer it and secondly if you can carry it out in the holidays. It will be quite hard when your fasting , but then again, its really good and worth it in the end

Posted: 03-08-12 20:34 by SciTech

Its the diffferent sections that take up the most time but if you do sport or a skill like playing an instrument already then it doesn't take up much time as you think. the expeditions for bronze and silver are generally done over a couple of weekends or in the holidays so its not to bad. you can always start it then drop out if you find its too much but try and give it ago as its such a worthwhile experience.

Posted: 03-08-12 21:19 by Sophie

Thanks guys, sounds cool. I'll ask around at school, 'cuz i really don't want to miss out on something like this, and get more info on it. 

Posted: 06-08-12 14:58 by anum