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Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

Information & handouts

Activity ideas (.pdf)

Basic map calculations (.pdf)

Camping guidelines (.pdf)

Camping stoves (.pdf)

Catering for expeditions (.pdf)

Emergency procedures (.pdf)

Emergency signalling (.pdf)

Equipment guidelines (.pdf)

First aid (.pdf)

Kit list (.pdf)

Log requirements (.pdf)

Menu planner (.pdf)

Menu planning (.pdf)

Navigation (.ppt)

Observation & recording (.pdf)

Rights of way (.pdf)

Route card (.doc)

Rucksack packing (.pdf)

Setting a compass bearing (.pdf)

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is a national programme for young people between the ages of 14 and 25 which consists of five sections; skills, community, volunteering, residential and expedition. The award scheme recognises achievement at bronze, silver and gold levels and is a positive and inclusive award, open to all young people regardless of ability or disability.


The 73rd Birmingham Boys’ Brigade and 2nd Solihull Girls’ Brigade have a long association with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Victor Harding, a former member of our company was the first boy in Warwickshire to gain the Gold back in 1958, and he was also the first boy in the Birmingham Battalion of The Boys' Brigade to achieve the Gold Award. He travelled to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to receive the Award from the Duke of Edinburgh. Since then, many other young people have achieved bronze, silver and gold awards.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme remains a popular feature of our programme and is run throughout the year. Our practice and assessed expeditions currently take place at the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, the Long Mynd in Shropshire, the Peak District National Park, Snowdonia National Park and Dartmoor National Park.


Current expedition letters, documents & forms

Generic consent form (.pdf)

Directory Empty (.pdf)

Directory Empty (.pdf)

Levels and timescales explained

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start.

Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.

Don’t forget, you have until your 25th birthday to complete whichever level you’re working on and achieve an Award - but remember, all activities must be completed before then.

The tables on the right show you minimum timescales for each level and section. We've put the length of time in months - you need to show regular activity and commitment during this time of averaging at least an hour a week. You can't achieve an Award in a short burst of enthusiasm over one weekend!





Expedition Leaders; Andy, Claire & Mark Administration; Graham & Jez

Gold expedition participants, Dartmoor National Park 2007


Actual Bronze expedition, Peak District 2009



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