Duke of Edinburgh Award
Students at Eckington school, a specialist engineering college, are currently signed up to do either Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards with the Outdoor Education team who help and support them through the award and also run the Expedition Section. The Award is organized by Mr Needham (Co-ordinator), Mr Rowbotham and Mrs Raybould.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a popular and rewarding program for young people. Students are required to complete four sections to gain either a Bronze or Silver Level. The Sections are:
- Physical (they must do a Physical Activity) play in a football team
- Skill (they must learn a Skill) playing a musical instrument
- Volunteering (they must do something that helps others in their own time for no financial reward) sports leadership
These activities must be sustained over a period of 3 or 6 months
- Expedition they must complete, as part of a group of between 4 and 7 students a self sufficient walk lasting up to 3 night and 4 days dependant upon their level
In addition gold students must complete a 5 day residential activity
The Award team run a Monday after-school club for all Bronze and direct Silver (6th form) DofE students where they are taught all the essential skills for their expedition such as cooking on camping stoves, navigation, how to put up a tent and where they attain a first basic aid qualification. Attendance at these sessions is obligatory for students wanting to go on their expedition with us.