The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is an awards programme for those aged between 14 to 24. You can find out more here.
As part of the physical section, DofE participants have to create a physical programme. One activity that can contribute towards the completion of this section is geocaching!
Here are ten reasons why you should pick geocaching as your activity:
Assessors are independent and check/verify the completion of a DofE section. They should ideally be experts in the field.
If you cannot think of anyone, the GAGB would be happy to help you find an assessor - just contact us.
A GAGB committee member might live near enough to serve as your assessor. If not, we will try our very best to find someone in your local area who would be happy to take on this role. With many GAGB Friends based across the country, geocaching reviewers in every region, and experienced geocachers in each county, we should be able to recommend a suitable assessor.
We encourage anyone who is interested in becoming an assessor to read this guidance.
You should spend one hour per week on your physical activity for a fixed period of time.
You will need to set some goals for yourself. For example, you could focus on finding geocaches, completing geocaching challenges, or even hiding some new geocaches. If you need some help to get started with geocaching, check out this page.
Make sure that your geocaching goals are S.M.A.R.T:
|Specific||What? When? Where?||Find 3 geocaches every weekend near home|
|Measurable||How will you measure this?||Keeping a record of all finds (online or in a journal)|
|Attainable||Can you achieve this?||Yes, with some weekly planning|
|Realistic||Can it even be done?||Yes, there are enough geocaches nearby to find|
|Timely||Is there a clear timeframe?||A minimum of 3 geocache finds within 1+ hour(s) per week, for 3 months|
Set yourself some good goals, and don't be afraid to ask your DofE Leader or assessor if you need any advice.
We wish you the best of luck in completing your DofE Award, and hope that you have a great time geocaching!