The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by. It is a personal programme of activities, set up in 1956 (1958 for girls) to “inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.”
DofE has three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, and consists of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold). It will take between 6—18 months to complete, depending on the level and you have until your 25th birthday to complete the award.
DofE has successfully been run at Launceston College for many years and continues to grow.
Why do Launceston College students do DofE?
By doing the DofE students gain recognition for what they already do. They gain skills, confidence & experiences valued by universities & employers by taking part in a unique experience & challenge. Launceston College students make a difference to the College and community through their activities. DofE is so highly valued by colleges, universities and employers it is ranked as the most important activity undertaken at school according to employers (ULT independent study).
Many of our DofE alumni have gone on to do varied things since leaving the College and gaining their DofE Award. Including; Bio-chemical Researcher, Builder, Doctor, Florist, Outdoor Education Instructor, Pilot, Physiotherapist, Teacher to name just a few.
Saturday 25th February saw the first day out on the hill for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students. Students have been working hard since September completing their Skills, physical activities and voluntary placements to gain their awards and now the work towards their expedition has started. The students went onto a windy and at times wet Bodmin moor to be introduced to the navigation skills that they will need to complete their expeditions in May and June this year. We were very impressed with their attitude on the day and are confident that their expeditions will be very successful.