D of E Silver

What is the Silver Award?

The next step up from Bronze... you need to be in Year 10 to start doing your Silver DofE programme. 
The Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other . It’s up to you which one you do for longer.
The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on. Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.
It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you've already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you've jumped straight into Silver.


Dates for your Diary

Training weekend 21st - 22nd April 2018 
Venue - Weald of Kent Grammar School

Practice expedition 22nd - 24th June 2018
Venue - Various Campsites across the North Ashdown Forest Area

Assessed expedition 13th - 15th July 2018
Venue - Various Campsites across the South Ashdown Forest Area


 Ideas for Activities Sections

Volunteering   Physical         Skills     


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
GO Outdoors Tonbridge - Former B&Q, Cannon Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1PN
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.