The 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement

Arrangements are being put in place to recognise our young people’s achievements during Covid-19

If you have completed your sections, or are on track to do so, DofE will formally recognise your achievements & resilience.  Find out more

Expeditions

At the time of writing it is unclear where activities such as DofE expeditions lie in Scotland’s Route Map through the pandemic crisis.  To facilitate the prospect of a resumption, DofE have introduced several rule changes and flexibilities to ease social distancing challenges.  Full details announced 22nd June 2020 here  More info on planning expeditions on our Leader’s Resources page

Physical, Skills & Volunteering Sections

In most cases it will be possible to continue with your sections and be rewarded for your efforts with The 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement.  Clearly you will need to change your activity to one which is home-based or socially distanced.  To change your activities, simply fill in the option in your eDofE section- this  video shows you how.  For the time being, you can even change your activities more than once. The time spent on your earlier choices will still count.  Here are some ideas for home based activities

 Physical

We’re all being encouraged to exercise daily outdoors wherever possible, so for most this should be an easy section to complete whilst social distancing.  Go for a walk, run or bike ride- track your progress with an app such as Strava or MapMyRun.  If getting outdoors is more difficult, how about following an online course in keep fit, Yoga or Pilates?   Here’s an example of an online class.

Skills

Perhaps you were attending a class or training for your Skill, for example guitar lessons.  Contact your tutor or assessor for guidance on developing your skills at home- many classes are continuing online.  If that’s not possible, consider changing your skill to one which can be based at home- maybe learn to cook, sew, build models, research genealogy/ family history or diy skills.  There’s now an opportunity to complete an SCQF Level 2  Hi5 Award from home (free of charge until 5pm 30th June 2020).  Just make sure you update your eDofE, your plans fulfill the DofE criteria & gain approval from your Leader or Coordinator.  Full details & how to get started here

Volunteering

For the time being, you can now volunteer for someone in your family- for example dream up a project or programme that will benefit somebody in your household, such as a younger sibling.  Full details here.  It should be possible to do something for your community without direct face to face contact- but always discuss your ideas with your parents or a responsible person first.   Perhaps isolated people could be helped or supported by regularly keeping in touch with them by phone or one of the various ways online.  Maybe an elderly neighbour would appreciate their garden being tidied or needs help with food supplies.  Or think more globally, how about volunteering online to help map areas of the world where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people?

eDofE

Don’t forget this is a perfect opportunity to update your eDofE!!  Have you tried the eDofE smartphone App yet?  Here’s a guide to show you how to change your activities.  New to eDofE?  Here’s a video guide on how to get started