Bronze Award (Year 9)

The Bronze award is the entry level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, although you can start at Silver and Gold as ‘Direct Entrants’. It will take you at least 6 months to complete the Bronze award as all sections need to be completed for 3 months, with an additional 3 months added on to one of the three sections of your choice – see below:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months (+3 months)
  • Physical section: 3 months (+3 months)
  • Skills section: 3 months (+3 months)

Below are links to the three sections which can give you some activity suggestions if you are struggling:

Volunteering: Suggestions for volunteering section

Physical: Suggestions for physical section

Skill: Suggestions for skills section

As you complete the award you will be expected to evidence your participation within your volunteering, physical and skill section and this is done via the eDofE website -

You will be given a login and password and will be tasked with uploading weekly evidence – this could be a photograph of you completing an activity or a small written piece, outlining what it is that you have done, when you did it and where. 

All 3 sections will need an adult assessor who will oversee your participation of that section. This cannot be a family member but could be a coach, neighbour, family friend, teacher or a fellow volunteer. At the end of your 3/6 months, your assessor will need to upload a summary of what you have achieved during your time completing the section and this can be done via the DofE assessor website:

The Expedition section will be completed over 2 days and 1 night and you will take part in two expeditions, a practice and an assessed. The practice will take place at Ross Wood Scout Campsite and around the Herne/Chislet/Hoath area and the assessed will take place at Hamlet Wood Scout Campsite and around the East and West Farleigh/Coxheath/Loose area.

As Bronze is the entry level of DofE here at CCGS, you will be expected to take part in a number of training sessions held after school. They are a mandatory requirement in order to let you out on the expedition. These will teach you how to:

  • Put up and pack down a tent
  • Safely use and cook on a Trangia cooking stove
  • Lifesaving first aid skills
  • Navigate using an OS map
  • Plan a 2-day expedition 
  • Plan a menu 
  • Pack a bag and store equipment
  • Use the countryside respectfully