The Bronze Award can be completed by students in Year 9. Students must complete 4 sections: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. The volunteering, skills and physical sections are self-led activities, completed for approximately 1hour each week outside of school time. Two of these are completed for 3 months, whilst one must be completed for 6 months. The expedition is school-led.
- Volunteering (3/6 months) – For volunteering participants should give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals. Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Be aware that some volunteering opportunities are age restricted.
- Physical (3/6 months) – For the physical activity participants can choose any sport, dance or fitness activity – anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity. For example, playing a sport regularly and showing personal improvement would count.
- Skills (3/6 months) – For the skills activity participants need to choose an activity that will allow them to prove they have broadened their understanding and increased their expertise in a chosen skill. Any skill is allowed, so long as improvement is measurable.
- Expedition (2 day/1 night) – participants complete an expedition in local countryside. Previously this has been completed between Church Stretton and Wenlock Edge. Expeditions are completed in groups of 4-7, with each group planning and following their own route between set checkpoints. Each group will investigate a chosen aim as they walk. Participants are trained in campcraft, route planning and first aid during three after school training sessions in the spring term. During the expedition, participants will carry their own kit and camp overnight at a campsite. Expeditions usually take place during the summer term.
Enrolment runs for 2 weeks during the autumn term. This is announced in assembly and letters should be returned directly to Miss Ransom or Miss Edwards by the deadline date.
The Bronze DofE currently costs £120 per participant. This is paid in three instalments of £40. This covers enrolment onto the Award, support and advice sessions, training and expedition expenses. We provide the majority of equipment for expeditions. If cost of the Award is a concern, please speak to Miss Ransom, as funding is available.
This video is from 2021/22 and includes dates/locations relating to previous expeditions. However, the general information about how we run the expeditions is still relevant and accurate to 2022/2023 expeditions.