Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Chigwell participates with great enthusiasm in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme right up to the Gold Award level. Every year, from the LV to the MVI, pupils are involved at different stages. Some find it very challenging to sustain commitments to the various components of the scheme. However, most of them manage very well! The Scheme requires pupils to prove a good level of self-motivation by taking the lead and organising community service programmes, physical and skills activities. Advice is given by staff, but essentially pupils follow their own interests and often training and expeditions take them far away from Chigwell.
The DoE scheme has become such an integral component of the School’s life with the majority of students in the Lower Fifth taking part at Bronze level. In the past year we have run Bronze expeditions in Essex and the New Forest, Silver walking expeditions in the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales, Silver canoeing expeditions along the River Thames and in the Wye Valley and finally Gold walking trips to Snowdonia and Scotland and canoeing expeditions on the River Severn.
The School has a thriving Scout Troop for boys and girls in the IIIrd and IVth forms, with currently nearly 40 members. We also have an Explorer Scout Unit of about 20 members for pupils in the Senior School. Both meet weekly in term-time on Thursdays after school. There are regular expeditions events at weekends. At Easter the Explorers sometimes visit the Scottish Highlands, and every summer all Chigwellian Scouts go on Summer Camp, which in the last few years has seen us in Hampshire, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Every three years we visit Kandersteg in Switzerland, and in summer 2012 we will be in the Isles of Scilly.
More information at the Scouts full site here