As one of the United Kingdom’s largest operators of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Air Cadet Organisation can provide you with a fantastic range of activities for you to grow and develop as a young adult.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to every member of the Air Cadet Organisation aged 14 or above and The is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
There are three different levels of Duke of Edinburgh Award - It is advisable to start with your bronze award, but it is possible to complete the other levels directly if you meet the requirements.
For those aged 14+ years Bronze timescales:
Volunteering section: 3 months
Physical section: 3 months
Skills section: 3 months
Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
For those aged 15+ years Silver timescales:
Volunteering section: 6 months
Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
For those aged 16+ years Gold timescales:
Volunteering section: 12 months
Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.