Dame Alice Harpur School
The Duke of Edinburghs Award Scheme is
for young people aged between 14 and 25, and all girls in Year 10 are eligible to participate. The starting level is at Bronze,
and for this the candidate undertakes a commitment in four different categories, which may run concurrently:
Plan, prepare for and undertake a 2-day venture.
An additional 3 months must be undertaken in any of these
The Expedition Section is concerned with the development of
the individual and social interaction of the group. The Expedition Section differs from the other sections in so far as it
is a group effort and all must work together as members of a team to ensure a successful outcome of the venture. Outdoor ventures
demand total commitment and groups have to learn to make decisions affecting their well-being and accept the consequences
of their actions.
A progressive programme
of training with diminishing external leader involvement enables the girls to become more self-reliant until the group is
able to carry out the qualifying venture unaccompanied. This training will occur once a month, usually on a Sunday. A list
of dates will be provided. Girls are expected to attend all the training days in order to satisfy the requirements of the
The aim of the scheme is not only to enable young people to experience group work, but also to
develop individual skills and help in the community. Dedication and commitment are required. The Sections are fun and challenging,
but demanding, particularly the Expedition. There are costs to be incurred: £50 to join the Scheme covers the personal log
book, insurance and costs of local training. Expeditions are approximately £30 for both weekends.
Specialist clothing and equipment required
Waterproof map case
We try to keep costs to a minimum, but the above items are
essential. The school provides cookers and tents. We have a limited number of rucksacks and sleeping bags for loan.
hope your daughter would like to join the scheme. If she would, please return both the reply slip below and the County Bronze
Level Entry form by Friday 13th September, adding in the space provided any medical problems of which I should
(Mrs) K Scorer
REPLY SLIP To Mrs K Scorer, PE Dept, Dame Alice
Duke of Edinburghs Award Schem
Date of birth:
My daughter would like to join the Duke of Edinburghs Award Scheme. I enclose
£15 (Cheques payable to Dame Alice Harpur School please).
contact number in case of emergency:
daughter has any medical problem, allergy etc of which we should be aware, or any dietary exclusion (for any reason, whether
medical or not, eg vegetarianism), please give details below. Continue overleaf if necessary.