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Register for the Bronze DofE Award

The Bronze DofE Award

Begin your DofE Adventure with the Bronze Award. Open to all backgrounds, cultures and abilities, DofE can be a game-changer - raising your self-esteem, aspirations and opening doors to employment!

Start your DofE award at any point in the year and make connections and friends outside of your school. And there's no restrictions as to when or where you can join.

How do I start?

You can register and start your DofE journey at any point in the year. You can get started with the physical, volunteering and skill sections when you receive your eDofE account and welcome pack. If you want to get set-up on eDofE ahead of your first training session, watch this eDofE training video. There are lots of recommended videos to watch, so do take a look at the full training list.

Then for your expedition section choose either:

  • In-person fortnightly expedition training sessions starting April 2021 (select the youth-centre you wish to attend during registration)
  • Online monthly expedition training sessions starting October 2021, followed by condensed practical training in-person (select 'virtual DofE' during registration)

What is the benefit of the youth-centre based sessions?

Both options offer a great DofE experience. The benefit of the youth-centre based sessions include more face-to-face time with your peers and the DofE team leader. The fortnightly sessions provide a regular and consistent place to come together to develop a young person's DofE programme, interpersonal and social skills. 

What age can I start?

You can register for the Bronze Award if you are currently in the academic year that you turn 14 years old (year 9). You can start your bronze award at any point between the ages of 14 and 24 years old. 

What's involved?

How much is it?

Registration for the bronze award is £95. This registration fee includes an eDofE number, DofE welcome pack and all training sessions. The expedition training day and the practice and qualifying expeditions are an additional cost.

Your qualified and experienced DofE leader will support you through your DofE journey. They will prepare you for your expedition plus provide one-to-one support with eDofE and give guidance on section activities. 

Expedition Snapshot - what to expect 

Training day – 1 full day

This will be one full day which is instructor lead where you will learn the practical skills to complete your qualifying expedition. This will include putting up a tent, cooking on a stove and emergency procedures.

Two walking expeditions (Practice and Qualifying: 2 days / 1 Night)

As part of a team, you’ll plan and complete two fun and challenging expeditions. You'll navigate and hike in the countryside, camp under the stars, cook in the outdoors and be self-sufficient. The practice and qualifying expeditions take place in the spring and summer.

Expedition costs 

  • Training day: indicative cost £15
  • Practice expedition: indicative cost £80
  • Qualifying expedition: indicative cost £80

Costs can vary at the time of booking due to the mode of transport, staff numbers and campsite costs.

Our DofE Youth Centre locations and session times

Monday evenings 7.00pm   - Brentwood, Hermit Youth Centre 

Monday evenings 7.00pm - Loughton, Loughton Youth Centre

Monday evenings 6.30pm (Bronze Award only) – Colchester, Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre

Monday evenings 5.00pm (Silver Gold Award only) – Colchester, Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre

Monday evenings 7.00pm (Monthly sessions) Virtual Open Award Centre (VOAC)

Tuesday evenings 7.15pm (Silver and Gold only) – Chelmsford, Galleywood Youth Centre

Wednesday evenings 7.00pm (Bronze Award only) – Chelmsford, Chelmer Gate Youth Centre 

 

Get in touch

If you need more information, email youth.work@essex.gov.uk