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Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Society page! This is a society dedicated to getting students interested through their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Whether you need help with the sections of your award, residential ideas or need to get through those expeditions, we are here to help! Through our society you can complete your expedition section, undertaking the planning and head out on a 2-, 3-, and 4-day expedition in wild country with up to 6 other people. This is a great way to get to know more people and it's a rewarding experience.
Anyone can undertake DofE up until your 25th birthday and it doesn't matter if you are not already a Bronze/Silver award holder or have no idea what the award scheme is about. Our meetings are held on Mondays 1900-2000 in David Hume Tower LG.08, so please stop by to find out more about DofE and get involved!
What is the DofE award?
It is an award that any person aged between 14 and 24 years old can work towards. There are 3 possible levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Our society focuses on helping students complete their Gold award. The award is achieved by completing 5 required sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition, and - for Gold - a Residential. You will find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition, and taking part in a residential activity. This is what DofE is all about: developing you as a person and getting you involved in extracurricular activites to complement your academic pursuits.
Why should I do it?
It gives you skills that employers look for and it looks great on a CV, especially the Gold award. It improves your teamwork, planning and much more. You will also make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, get fitter and healthier, make new friends, and have memories to last you a lifetime.
For more information look at the awards official website http://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/doing-your-dofe/ or come to one of our weekly meetings (see our Facebook page for up-to-date infomation about our society).
What does this society do?
We hold weekly meetings to provide relevant training and information before the practice and final expeditions. We prepare you for practice- and assessed-expeditions, giving you training on equipment, health & safety, cooking in the outdoors, and route planning. Alongside this, we also organising the practice- and final-expeditions and have socials throughout the academic year which are always loads of fun.
What can I do now that I've compeleted my Gold award?
DofE programmes are run by Leaders, many of whom are volunteers. People who get a buzz from helping people achieve. Individuals who, in many cases, achieved Awards themselves – people like you! You may have even experienced this through doing DofE leadership for your Gold volunteering activity. You could become a supervisor or an assessor for groups around Edinburgh. For more information, speak to the committee and find out more information at http://www.fota.org.uk/exped-volunteers.
Cairngorms and Arrochar 2017
Isle of Arran 2018