At the Bronze and Silver level the award comprises four sections, which the young people have to complete in their own time; Volunteering, Physical Recreation, Skill and the Expedition. For the Gold award there is a an additonal Residential section. These increase in terms of the time they need to put as they move from Bronze through to Gold. At the Havant Open Centre we provide expedition training in a wide range of skills that the young people require before embarking on their expedition programme. We also mentor and provide and help and guidance to them with building, organising and completing their programme.
In the expedition section the aim is for the young people to be able to work as a team but as independently as possible from the supervising staff. We train the young people in basic first aid, cooking outdoors, campcraft, navigation, the countryside and highway codes and all aspects of their expedition.
The award is a personal challenge and not a competition. Our young people take part on an entirely voluntary basis and hence have to allocate the time to complete each section in their own time.
Each participant creates their own personal programme. One activity for each section is chosen. It is up to the individual whether they choose to do something that they are already keen on, or choose to do something different, perhaps setting themselves the challenge of doing something completely new. Many young people at all levels choose to do something which they might be thinking about as a future career or to find out if it is something that they want to do.
Participants undertaking the DofE programme develop the skills and attitudes they need to become fully rounded and confident adults, qualities that colleges, universities and employers are very interested in. They are investing in valuable skills and helping set the tone for a lifetime of achievement.
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