3rd Chalkwell Bay is a recognised provider of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and organises training, activities and expeditions across all levels of the scheme.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an awards programme which gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment. It’s delivered by a number of licensed providers across the UK: Scouts being one of the biggest.

There are three progressive DofE levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Each participant creates their own DofE programme to challenge them self, include volunteering, physical and skill activities, also going on an expedition and, for the Gold Level only, taking part in a residential activity.

These awards are challenging: you will have to show commitment to attend expedition training sessions, as well as a practice expedition and the assessed expedition (these are held on weekends or in the school holidays).

The DofE also awards link in to the Scouting programme as the Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout’s Awards, and Queen’s Scout Award respectively.

Award Requirements:

AwardVolunteeringPhysical & SkillExpeditionResidentialOtherCost
14 or yr 9 and linking with Explorers
3 months3 months of eachPlan, train for, and undertake a 2 day, 1 night expedition. Group PresentationN/AAll participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.Approx £50
(14 if gained Bronze)
6 monthsOne section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months (Participant’s choice)Plan, train for, and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.
Group Presentation
N/ADirect entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.Approx £100
16+ Only
12 monthsOne section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months (Participant’s choice)Plan, train for, and undertake a 4 day, 3 night expedition. Group PresentationUndertake a shared activity in residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.Approx £300 plus Residential

We will be able to provide guidance for all the sections of the award scheme and once signed up you will receive a book / information as well as an online login so they can record and load evidence of their achievements.

If you have previously signed up to the DofE Scheme via another provider (eg. school) we can transfer you over to 3rd Chalkwell Bay.

These awards are enjoyable, provides you with an opportunity to enhance your personal development, not to mention being a nationally recognised qualification.

Sign Up

For more information or to sign up contact the Explorer Leaders or email DofE@3rdCB.org.uk.

To register for DofE with 3rdCB, please complete and return this form: PDF DofE Application Form

Monthly Catchups

Once a month we have an online catch up with all participants to check progress and provide advice / guidance on the awards. These are on Wednesdays at 19:30 for about an hour:
Bronze Award – Second Wed of the month
Silver Award – Fourth Wed of month

Speak to the DofE Leaders for the details of the Zoom calls.

Upcoming Events

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