Duke of Edinburgh Award

This Squadron has won the Duke of Edinburgh’s award in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wing for the past 3 years in a row. We have helped our cadets in all areas of the award and they are flying through the bronze and silver levels - we are aiming for 5 gold awards this year!!

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh’s award! By doing your DofE, you're in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an Award that's recognised by units and employers alike. Take a look round to find out what it's all about! You can read your latest newsletter here.

In the Air Cadets we get the opportunity to do the Duke of Edinburgh award this consists of three levels:

  • Bronze - start at 14 years old;
  • Silver - start at 15 years old;
  • Gold - start at 16 years old.

You have until your 24th birthday to complete the awards and are also able to start at any level (as long as you are old enough) however we prefer to start at the being.

Every level is made up of the following Sections:


This section is all about giving to the Community. Attending the Squadron on a regular basis and assisting with some weekend activities is classed as community volunteering and will help you complete this level. The higher the level, the more you have to do.


This section is about learning a new skill or improving on a current one. The cadets complete skills like ceremonial foot drill; aeronautics and certain projects. This is completed over a period of three to six months at the bronze level.


This section is about being active. It can be a team or solo sport as long as it is not just your normal PE lesson at school. If you play any sports for your school or an outside club then this would count. Al you need to do is get you coach/teacher to write a short report on you. If you do not do any of this, the Squadron can run a 3 month fitness programme at cadets and this will count towards your award.


Every participant must complete a minimum of 2 expeditions, normally referred to as a practice and an assessed expedition. There are several elements of training first, like first aid, emergency procedures, food and hygiene; the country code and equipment. All this is taught at the Squadron. At Bronze level you must walk for a duration of 6 hours a day, for two days camping overnight. You must carry all your own equipment and food that you will require for these two days. At Silver it is 7 hours a day for 3 days and at Gold it is 8 hours a day for 4 days. All expeditions are monitored by qualified staff.

Read about one of our DofE expeditions here.

Residential Activity

This is only at Gold level, you are to go and meet new people at an activity for 4 days (3 nights) away from home. In the cadets this could be an annual camp at an RAF base in the UK or abroad, a Greens camp or a sailing or sports course. There are so many opportunities that fit this area you will have a difficult time choosing.

This award is a great opportunity; it will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. Plus you will make a difference to other people's lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime. For each program you finish you will receive a certificate and a badge to wear proudly on your uniform!

More information can be found here: http://www.dofe.org/

All new awards are now completed on the electronic format: http://www.edofe.org/

Website Updates:
Annual Camp at RAFC Cranwell
Gold DofE
RAF Odiham Families Day
Onboard for Julbilee Flypast
RAF Benson Camp
Gold DofE Expedition - Exmoor
Wing 5-a-side Competition
Region Athletics

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