LRGS successfully runs groups for Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and the large number of pupils taking part enjoy the challenging expeditions to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Highlands.
There are three separate Duke of Edinburgh's Awards which can be achieved: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each has a different starting age and period of participation. However, for all three awards there are four sections:
Service - to encourage service to individuals and the community
Skills - to encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills
Physical recreation - to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity
Expeditions - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
More details can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme website.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award is the first of the three awards. It can be started when you are over 14 years old, and so at LRGS is normally taken during Year 10. The award takes at least six months to complete and so commitment is needed. Requirements:
Service: 3 months
Skills: 3 months
Physical recreation: 3 months
Expedition: Plan prepare and undertake a 2 day, 1 night venture It is then necessary to undertake a further 3 months in either the Service, Skills or Physical Recreation Section.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Silver award is normally taken at LRGS in Year 11, but Sixth Formers may apply. It is also not necessary to have done the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award previously, although more work is required. Requirements:
Service: 6 months
Skills and physical recreation: 3 months in 1 area and 6 months in the other.
Expedition: Plan prepare and undertake a 3 day, 2 night venture For those who do not have the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award, a furthur 6 months must be take in either Service or the longer of the Skills / Physcial Recreation Section.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award is the last and most demanding of the awards. It can be done once you are 16 years old or older - ie the Lower Sixth. It takes at leat a year and also involves a residential trip, which does not take place in the other two awards. Requirements:
Service: 12 months
Skills and physical recreation: 1 Section for 12 months and the other Section for 6 months
Expedition: Plan prepare and undertake a 4 day, 3 night venture Residential: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights. For those who do not have their Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award a furthur 6 months in either the Service or the longer of the Skills / Physcial Recreation Section must be done.