The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (or DofE) is a nationally renowned developmental programme for young people from the age of 14. There are three progressive levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
DofE focuses on Physical, Skill and Volunteering activities, which may be done as individuals or with others over a period of months. Perhaps its best-known section, however, is the Expedition, where groups of between four and seven people are trained to make their way unaccompanied over increasingly challenging terrain.
Among the wide range of activities undertaken recently by our DofE participants are:
Physical — football, swimming, sailing, horse-riding, rugby, volleyball, rock-climbing and orienteering.
Skill — music, learning to drive, church bell-ringing, pottery, circus skills, needlework and drama.
Volunteering — in an old peoples' home, at an animal rescue centre, by coaching younger people, by fund-raising for a charity, in an after-school club and by helping in church.
Expeditions for 14-year-olds are generally local — often in the South Downs or the New Forest. Older participants have undertaken ventures in the Forest of Dean, Shropshire Hills, Peak District, Brecon Beacons, Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Southern Uplands.
Alton Methodist Church offers DofE under the auspices of the Boys' Brigade, using their trained and qualified leaders. We are one of the few Centres in East Hampshire offering expedition training and assessment at Gold level.
Everyone aged between 14 and 24 is invited to accept the challenge of DofE — contact David Allan on 01420 84739.