Participants can enrol to Silver at any time from the 1st June before they go into Yr10. 

Those working on their Bronze can start the sections that they have finished at Bronze. 


  • Drop in for help most term time Tuesdays after school to about 6pm at any stage in your Award. We are at the Slade Centre. 
  • 6hr Nationally accredited Emergency First Aid course- dates here, unless having completed formal 1st Aid training within the past 3 years. 
  • Expedition dates are here  Detailed information is added to download 3 to 4 weeks prior to the date. 
  • In the Spring regular Tuesday evening attendance is from 4.15 to 5.45 .
    • This time is spent planning and completing prep for the expedition assessment.
    • It is mandatory because its part of the assessment! 
    • After the Final, Expedition attendance is only expected to finish the Expedition Presentation.

Dates to consider:

2020-21 enrolled MUST regularly attend ALL term time Tuesdays in Jan & Feb 2021 and then carry on to do the Expedition Presentation

First Aid training will need to be completed if not undertaken in the last 3 years –  or proof of training received – the booking form is found here.  Sat 19 Dec 2020 OR Sun 3 Jan 2021

Silvers start regular Tues attendance January 5 2021

Fri Feb 12 2021 – “Directs” will need basic campcraft and navigation training –  – Inset day at Gillingham school

Tues 9 Mar 2021 – Briefing for the Training and Practice on 

Sat 13 and Sun 14 Mar 2021 Training weekend (indoor accommodation) 

Sat 10 to Mon 12 Apr Practice (finish after breakfast)

Tues 27 Apr Briefing for the Final on 

Sat May 1 to Mon May 3 (BH) Final 

The Award is very flexible in the way that it can be approached: not all sections need to be started at the same time and two levels can be worked on at once, but ask for the fine print!

We anticipate the 2020/21 Silver Expedition to be done and dusted by the beginning of May but there’s still work on the team presentation to do afterwards. To take part in this section of their Award Participants must attend DofE Expedition training consistently and take part in planning and organising their Final Exped. This is because the teams and the people in them have to be safe and ready enough to execute a self-sufficient and unaccompanied assessed expedition that they’ve planned themselves. On assessment, teams are remotely supervised and meet leaders at agreed checkpoints