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Cumbria County Council is a Directly Licenced Centre of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and as such maintains its principles and standards and is authorised to grant awards on behalf of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Cumbria Outdoors is also an Operating Authority Approved Activity Provider and as such is able to deliver activities for the Expedition Section of the Award and sign off participant’s achievements. We are well placed to offer advice on all aspects of the Award and enable schools to ensure young people from all areas of Cumbria and all types of educational establishments are able to take up this opportunity.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Co-ordinator responsible for the Coordination of Cumbrian Schools participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme is based at Cumbria Outdoors, Hawse End Centre ensuring the provision of high quality services for young people, improving their outcomes.
A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities for demonstrating the qualities young people have who've achieved a DofE Award develop.
There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
To achieve each one, participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
There is no real time limit when it comes to completing a DofE programme. As long as participants are under 25 years old when they complete all of their activities in their programme, they are free to work at a pace that they’re comfortable with and can achieve their Award.