2017 saw our first Gold group set up. 24 students successfully completed their expedition. One student has completed their award, with the others working towards completion by September 2018. Any student aged 16 and over can apply to start their Gold award, regardless of whether they have completed Bronze, Silver or neither award previously. The expedition, however, cannot be completed until the student is in Year 12.
Volunteering section: 12 months
Physical and Skills sections: one section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
Expedition section: Training Day, 4 days/3 nights (Practice) and 5 days/4nights (Qualifying). One of these days is an acclimatisation day not on expedition
Residential section: undertaking a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
If you didn’t do the Silver Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
How much does it cost?
The cost of registering for the award is £40. This covers your welcome pack, Hertfordshire County Council's administration charge and school administration charge. To apply for a place (over 16 only) please download the application form from the bottom of this page and return it to Student Reception by 10th November 2017. A ParentPay will then be set up for £40.
The expedition costs, if completed with school, will be £560. This will be split into four payments. A deposit of £65 due in November 2017 and three payments in 2018.
The other sections' costs will depend on what you choose to do.
School Gold Expedition Dates 2018
Training Day: 3rd February at SCD
Practice expedition: 7th April – 9th April (Peak District)
Planning for qualifying: 10th April 2018 (Peak District)
Qualifying expedition: 13th - 18th July 2018 (Breacon Beacons)
If a student is unable to attend the school expedition dates, there are many other opportunities. We are pleased to be working with Adventure Expeditions this year. They do provide alternative dates for expeditions which can be found on their website.
Alternative expeditions can be found on the DofE web site. Here you’ll find a list of Approved Activity Providers (AAP’s) who do open expeditions. Any student can apply to do these expeditions in their own time and still complete their award with school. The list also include residential opportunities, but please note that the students should not be booking these with their friends; the aim of this section is to meet new people.
Additional paperwork for the expedition sections needs to be completed before they do their residential which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Please complete and return to Mr Taylor who then will send this off to county for approval at least 3 weeks prior to the residential happening, the earlier the better!
Find AAP’s here:
For more information about the award visit:
To contact the DofE leaders Mrs Kirby and Mr Taylor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org