2017 saw our first Gold group set up and 24 students successfully completed their expedition. Five students have now completed their Gold award and collected their awards at Buckingham Palace, 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 students are 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.
The students will need to find an assessor for each of their three sections. This person must have an interest or expertise in the section and not be a family member. The students will meet with their assessor before they start their section to discuss their aims. The assessor will then monitor progress and write a report at the end of the time. The report will need to be submitted to eDofE.org/assessor, or photographed and uploaded to the participant’s eDofE account.
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. Students were able to apply for a place during September 2018.
The expedition costs, if completed with school, will be £560.
The other sections' costs will depend on what you choose to do.
School Gold Expedition (on foot) Dates 2019 (6th form only)
Parent meeting: Thursday 11th October 7pm Barbirolli Hall
Training Day: 2nd February at SCD 9am – 4pm
Parent meeting 2: 2nd February 2019 at 3.30pm at SCD
Practice expedition: 29th March – 31st March 2019 (Peak District)
Planning for qualifying: 5th April 2019 SCD
Parent meeting 3: 5th April 2019 (optional – drop in and ask questions)
Qualifying expedition: 11th - 15th July 2019 (Brecon 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. Please advise them on booking that you are linked to SCD and we will deal with payments.
Alternative expeditions can be found on the DofE web site. Here you’ll find a list of Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) who do open expeditions, including horseback, canoeing and cycling. 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 must be completed for the residential activity: Please complete the residential approval form which can be downloaded below 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 AAPs here:
For more information about the award visit:
To contact the DofE leaders Mrs Kirby and Mr Taylor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org