Silver Award (Year 10-13)

The Silver award is the next level up from Bronze within the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Completing the Bronze award is not a requirement to sign up for Silver and you can sign up as a direct entrant, however if you have started your Bronze with us at school, you cannot progress until the award has been fully signed off, so get those assessor reports in! 

Like Bronze, it will take you at least 6 months to complete the Silver award, if you have completed Bronze, but the section duration is a little different. Everyone has to do the volunteering for 6 months and either the physical or skill is also for 6 months whilst the other one is just for 3 months – see below:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical section: 3 months (+3 months)
  • Skills section: 3 months (+3 months)

However, if you are a direct entrant, the timings are increased slightly and it will take you at least 12 months to complete your award. You will have to do an additional 6 months in either the volunteering or the longer of the two for physical or skill – see below:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months (+6 months)
  • Physical section: 3 months (+9 months)
  • Skills section: 3 months (+9 months)

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

Volunteering: Suggestions for the volunteering section

Physical: Suggestions for physical section

Skill: Suggestions for the skills section

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.

The Expedition section will be completed over 3 days and 2 nights and you will take part in two expeditions, a practice and an assessed. The practice will take place at Hope Hill Scout Campsite and around the Meopham/Luddesdown/Ash-Cum-Ridley area and the assessed will take place at Adamswell Scout Campsite and around the Langton Green/Groombridge/Speldhurst area.

The majority of students will have completed Bronze training but are welcome to attend the new training sessions for a refresher. Those students who sign up to Silver as a direct entrant will need to attend these sessions in order to attend the expedition. These include teaching 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 3-day expedition
  • Plan a menu
  • Pack a bag and store equipment
  • Use the countryside respectfully