Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Air Cadets are the largest and top achieving operator of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the UK. More young people gain their award with our organisation than anywhere else and our Squadron is very actively supporting cadets achieve the award at all levels. 497 Squadron Cadets can choose to complete all 3 awards or enter the award relevant to their age group, but this can be more challenging than completing the award in stages.

The scheme is about challenging youngsters aged 14 to 24 to better themselves; very much in line with the aims of the Air Cadets.

The award has three levels:

  • Bronze.
  • Silver.
  • Gold.

At each stage the person is challenged to do better than they did before.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is available to all cadets. Many cadets who have started the scheme at school often find that Air cadets can often provide all the facilities necessary to supplement activities and complete their award.

Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing offer a great deal of support and relevant courses can be at Regional and National level too. We will also liaise with other organisations in completing specific aspects of the award to ensure most interests are catered for, wherever suitable assessor arrangements can be made. The range of activities undertaken within the air cadets and on the squadron really helps to ensure that there is a real opportunity for cadets to complete stages conveniently without any significant additional time commitment and within reasonable time-frames

When you decide to do your DofE, you’ll pay a small fee to the DofE Charity in order to get your Welcome Pack, which includes your DofE Participation Place. This is currently:

£16.00 for Bronze
£16.00 for Silver
£23.00 for Gold

Whatever route you choose, You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter,developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (at Gold level only). The best bit is – you get to choose what you do! Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you motivate you. Along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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