D of E Gold

What is the Gold Award?

Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme. No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.

You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other - you decide which way round you do it.

Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in 'wild country'.
The big difference at Gold is you'll also do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know. It's great fun and a real chance to do something different!
If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you’ll 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'll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you've achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you've started at Gold level without doing your Silver - even if you've done Bronze.


Tonbridge Gold - Dates for your Diary

See www.tonbridgegold.co.uk for dates and venues


Complete Expedition Kit List

A complete expedition kit list is available below which highlights what equipment is available from the school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding expedition equipment then please contact one of the unit leaders.

Local Retailers 

Cotswold Outdoors: Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QG (15% instore discount using partnership card in DofE welcome pack)
Blacks: Tunbridge Wells TN1 1LS
Millets: Tonbridge TN9 1SD/ Tunbridge Wells TN1 2JP
Mountain Warehouse: Tunbridge Wells TN4 8HP (Inside the garden centre complex)
Other: Aldi & Lidl both do some good deals on outdoor clothing and equipment at various times of the year.


Where can i register to do my Gold Award?
We work in partnership with Tonbridge Gold, a local provider. They offer a wide range of dates and expedition locations (UK and abroad) and participants can continue working towards the award if they move school or start university or work.
How much does it cost?
Approx: £380+ (As of Feb 2012, includes expedition training, practice, qualifying & registration)
Can i do my expedition with my friends?
You can do your expedition training and qualification with groups of friends formed from Weald or other local schools such as Judd and TGS providing you can all make the same dates. Minimum group size for is four.
Who do i contact if i have any questions?
You are welcome to speak to one of the schools unit leaders, who will often be in attendance at a number of Tonbridge Gold events.
Unit leaders and conatcts for Tonbridge Gold are:
Linda.chapman@tonbridgegold.co.uk - Registration and non-expedition sections
andy.Blundell@tonbridgegold.co.uk - Expedition and Training