Dacorum Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the XC, Hemel Hempstead

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you just need to be aged between 14 and 19 (up to 25 for young people with additional needs) and ready to jump into the best time of your life.

Why should you get involved?
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh's Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for: from employers to colleges and even universities. It’s also about getting recognised for doing things you want to do - and may even be doing already. Above all, it’s great fun in an environment that will give you the necessary skills for life and work.

What's involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?
Ideally you will start off at Bronze Level and work your way through progressively to Silver and even Gold Levels.

What makes up the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?
There are four elements:

  • Volunteering – undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical – improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills – developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition – planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad

When does the Dacorum Duke of Edinburgh's Award take place?
Fridays from 6pm to 8pm at the XC Centre in Hemel Hempstead. No need to book. Just drop in for a chat or contact the team - details below.

What happens during these evenings?
During the evening sessions you will have the opportunity to meet your co-ordinator and discuss any concerns you may have about the DofE award. Time will also be allocated to allow you to add details to edofe, which is the online system which records all your achievements and charts your progress. Support may also be available to carry out a particular element of your volunteering, physical or skills. For example, you may be able to carry out some cooking or take part in a physical activity. As the expedition season gets nearer, you will also be and shown and taught about items that will prepare you for your expedition section. Usually this will cover the following areas:

  • Navigation and route planning
  • First Aid
  • Map and compass skills
  • Camp craft and field cooking
  • Countryside, Highway and Water Sports Safety Codes
  • Teambuilding activities
  • How to pack an expedition rucksack

Started your DofE but not finished it? You can complete your award with us - just get in touch or come along.


Venue: The XC Centre, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4JS

Age Range: 14-16 years, up to 25 for young people with additional needs

Cost: £12 to sign up*

Timing and Repeats:
Every Friday 6-8pm.

Booking Info: Drop-in / no booking needed

Organisation: YC Hertfordshire Dacorum Team, tel: 01442 454060, email: yc.dacorum@hertfordshire.gov.uk, website: click here...

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