Want to learn more about the Duke of edinburgh award?
Full Circle are here to help with some need to know information!
A recognised mark of achievement, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a tool to develop essential life skills whilst having a great time with friends. The Duke of Edinburgh means many different things to many people, it’s an opportunity to discover new talents and interests within, to improve self esteem and learn to set personal challenges and push boundaries.
The Duke of Edinburgh is for 14-24 year olds and is open to anyone without prejudice. The sections involved encourage our young generation to help within the community and environment, increase fitness, develop new skills, learn to plan and complete expeditions and much much more.
You choose - create your own personal D of E. Push yourself physically and mentally and you’ll benefit the most.
There are four main sections of a DofE programme; Physical, Skills, Volunteering, and Expedition. At Gold participants will also complete a Residential section.
Physical section - You can choose any sport, dance or fitness activity for the physical section – basically anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity. Eg, Showing personal improvement in a sport that you play regularly would count. You could then learn to coach in the same sport which would provide your Skills section activity, and if you chose to be a volunteer coach then that would count for the Volunteering section.
Skills Section - for this section you need to prove that you have broadened your understanding and increased your expertise in your chosen skill. Eg. If horse riding was your chosen physical activity, learning stable management and how to care for your horse would be a skill.
Volunteering section - This is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals. If you wanted to tie it in with your skills and physical sections you could volunteer to help at the yard when you horseride or to help coach the younger players on your football team. Alternatively you could arrange a litter pick, help at a homeless shelter or volunteer at a residential home helping care for the elderly, the possibilities are endless, it needs to be giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid.
Expedition section - Perhaps the most exciting part of the Duke of Edinburgh is the expedition. For this section you will need to plan, train for and complete an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim. You’ll be required to do the correct training for your level and mode of travel, (foot, boat, bicyle, canoe or kayak, wheelchair or horseback) and you will need to have practised the expedition at least once before the real deal. Motorised assistance is not allowed and your route should be a continuous journey. The point of planning and executing an expedition is for the chance to go on an adventure, work in a team and act on your own initiative. A handy ideas list is here.
packing for your expedition
What you need to pack for your expedition will obviously depend on the one you choose but we always suggest to make a packing list for tent equipment if camping, clothes and food, it then a lot less likely that you’ll forget those most important necessities.
Top of our list is The Full Circle Eco-friendly Hygiene Kit packed in a handy cotton bag. Included are our finest eco-friendly planet positive products which are all sustainably sourced and either reusable, recyclable or biodegradable. The citrus smelling no rinse body wash will keep you clean from the comfort of your tent without the need for running water used alongside our eco-towel and exotic dry shampoo. The unisex deodorant, fresh mint toothpaste, bamboo toothbrush, antibacterial hand gel and loo roll will look after the rest.
Only bring what you can carry and ‘Leave no Trace’ behind you.
Don’t let sunburn to get in the way of enjoying the expedition, prepare for rain or shine and don’t forget your suncream.
Keep hydrated! Take your reusable bottles and refill where you need them, we love Raw bottles! Check out when planning the expedition where you will be able to fill up enroute.
Before you go out and buy everything new - check out what you can borrow from friends and family and what you can find in second hand shops, this should not have to cost you and your family a fortune.
Having said the above - some good walking boots are a pretty good idea, get them fitted properly and team with some good thick socks.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast as they are pretty accurate these days, but you never know what the Great British weather may bring so prepare for any eventuality and layer up.
A head lamp comes in ultra handy and some decent waterproof clothing for those good old english showers!
Heavy cotton hoodies, tracksuits and jeans hold on to moisture so try to avoid wearing this type of attire if possible.
Our top tip of all…..? embrace the freedom & fun that the duke of Edinburgh brings, it’s a journey, not a competition!