- At 16 you can do your Gold DofE award. (No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday).
- You will spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other
- Your expedition will be for four days and three nights and should take place in 'wild country'.
- At Gold level you also have to do a Residential section. This involves you staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know.
- If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you will need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.
- For Gold, you will need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you've achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you have started at Gold level without doing your Silver - even if you've done Bronze.
Completed your Gold Award?
On completion of your Gold programme you will be invited to a national Gold Award presentation to receive your Gold Award certificate. If you choose to attend the presentation, you will receive your certificate in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) or HRH The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) at a royal palace.
Gold Activities (sections)
The Skills section is about developing practical and social skills and personal interests. By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also develop your practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge.
Suggestions - Podcasting, playing a musical instrument, fine art and web design
This section is all about making a difference to other people's lives. To achieve this section of your Gold award you must volunteer your own time to help others on a regular basis.
Suggestions - Youth work, fundraising for a charity, caring for animals, voluntary work at your local scout group or sports and leisure club
Through the Physical section you should achieve a greater physical fitness through participation and improvement in physical activity. You can join a team or do it on your own, you could focus on something you are already doing or you could try something completely different.
Suggestions – Consider a team sport e.g. hockey, cricket, football or dance. Or an individual activity e.g. rock climbing, swimming, wheelchair basketball or yoga. Almost any dance, sport or fitness activity can count towards completion of this section.
To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section; the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you have never met before. It may be that you want to build on a talent you have developed in another section (physical or skill). You may want to learn something completely new on an intensive course, or do something to help others.
Suggestions - Learning to snowboard or ski, helping at a children’s camp, working with the National Trust or learning French in Paris
From sailing along the Norfolk Broads to walking in Canada or horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, it can be as far away or as close to home as you want it to be. At Gold level you can also choose how you want to travel, it doesn’t have to be on foot. You could choose to do your expedition by bike, by canoe, by kayak, by sailing boat or on a horse.
There will need to be between four and seven of you in an expedition team (eight if you’ve chosen to travel by tandem, canoe or bike). With your team, you will plan an aim for your expedition, decide on your location and complete an intensive training course to ensure you are fully prepared for the challenge ahead of you.
Gold Expeditions at Moulsham High School
Scotland 2013 & 2014
In the summer of 2013 and 2014 over 40 students will be embarking on Moulsham High School’s first canoeing expedition. Having received professional training and completed practice expedition weekends in Wales, the groups will be canoeing for four days in Scotland.
The groups will begin their journey by paddling along the Caladonian Canal before they reach Loch Ness. The Loch is the largest according to volume and the second largest according to its surface area (36.2km long, 2.7km wide). The students will paddle the entire length of Loch Ness before they reach their final destination near Inverness.
In 2012 17 students visited Triglav National Park in Slovenia and trekked for four days, exploring the wonders of the Slovenian countryside. On their last day the students had the challenge of ascending 1796m up Mount Veliki Sneznik; the highest peak in the national park.
Having completed the expedition the group enjoyed two days visiting nearby lakes; canoeing and relaxing by the lakeside. They also took time to visit the city of Ljubljana.
Morocco 2010 & 2011
In the summer of 2010 and 2011 25 sixth form students visited Morocco to complete their expedition by climbing the highest peak in North Africa in the Atlas mountain range; Toubkal. The group trekked for 3 days before taking on the challenge of climbing the 4167m peak on their last day of the expedition.
After the expedition the group enjoyed a 2 day camel ride in the dessert; spending their nights camping in traditional Bedouin tents. The group also spent time visiting local markets in Marrakesh; purchasing Moroccan souvenirs and sampling North African cuisine.