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BAC Open Award Centre

The Duke of Edinburgh's Open Award is a volunteer led initiative supported by BAC for over 20 years. The Open Award programme offers open access to young people who do not have, or may find difficulty accessing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme through other providers. The BAC Open Award offers programmes for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and includes additional BAC equipment and staff support for expeditions locally and internationally.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh Open Award is a volunteer led initiative supported by BAC for over 20 years. The Open Award programme offers open access to young people who do not have, or may find difficulty accessing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme through other providers. The BAC Open Award offers programmes for Bronze, silver and gold levels and includes additional BAC equipment and staff support for expeditions locally and internationally.

As the demand for access onto the BAC Open Award has grown annually, for essential health and safety and in order to maintain the highest programme delivery standards, participating numbers are limited in relation to the number of volunteer leaders available to lead each level annually.

To support an equality of opportunity and to ensure a level of fairness, all prospective participants for the 2014/15 programmes are invited to register their interest as follows:

Registration of Interest opens on: Monday 18th August 2014

Registration of Interest Closes:  Friday 12th September 2014 at 12 noon.

We would ask those who would like to participant this year in the Award with BAC to:

Fill in the following registration of Interest form and return to:

Registration of Interest Form

Email: Vicki.Fong@belfastactivitycentre.com

Address to: Victoria Yan-Fong

        Barnetts Stable Yard,

                      Barnetts Demesne,

                      Malone Road,

                      Belfast, BT9 5PB

  • Registration of Interest forms will only be accepted if signed at the bottom to confirm attendance of ALL dates for section Award.

(BAC will not be taking any registration of interest deatils over the telephone.)

PLEASE NOTE, registering interest is not a guarantee for a place on the BAC Open Award

This initial information will enable us to measure the demand from potential participants for the programme year 2014/15 commencing from September 2014.  Although BAC will strive to accommodate as many young people as possible, should demand exceed our ratio of available volunteer leaders to participants, selection for confirmed registration will be accessed against the following criteria:

Bronze

· ALL bronze participants must be 14 years or older by the 1st. October 2014 (in exceptional circumstances someone aged 13 ¾ may be allowed to join peers)

· Participants must commit to ALL of the day walk, practice and final expedition dates

· A parent or guardian must attend the parents’ evening to be held at the beginning of October.

· BAC reserves the right to prioritise places for participants who are engaged with BAC core projects and longer term programmes

Dates:

Training sessions will be every other Tuesday night starting with a Parents Meeting on 30th September 2014. (Training calendar will be sent out with acceptance letters)

Day walk: Sat 18th Oct 2014, Sun 8th Feb 2015, Sat 21st Mar 2015.

Practice Expedition: Sat 25th- Sun 26th April 2015

Final Expedition: Sat 16th – Sun 17th May 2015

Silver

· ALL silver participants must be 15 years or older by 1st. October 2014

· Participants must commit to ALL of the day walk, practice and final expedition dates

· If Bronze Award has been completed through a provider other than BAC, participants will be asked to provide evidence of completion (Bronze Certificate or evidence that their Award Book is being processed)

· Participants who completed their Bronze Award with BAC be given priority for continuing towards completing their Silver Award

Dates:

Training sessions will be every Monday night starting with a Parents Meeting on 22nd September 2014. (Training calendar will be sent out with acceptance letters)

Day walk: Sun 9th Nov 2014, Sun 8th Mar 2015, Sun 10th May 2015.

Practice Expedition: Fri 17th- Sun 19th April 2015

Final Expedition: Fri 24th – Thurs 30th July 2015 (Expedition will be taking place in the UK)

Gold

·  ALL gold participants must be 16 years or older by 1st October 2010

·  Participants must commit to ALL of the day walk, practice and final expedition dates

· If Sliver Award has been completed through a provider other than BAC, participants will be asked to provide evidence of completion (Silver Certificate or evidence that their Award Book is being processed)

· Participants who completed their Silver Award with BAC will be given priority for continuing towards completing their Gold Award

Dates:

Training sessions will be every other Tuesday night starting with a Parents Meeting on 7th October 2014. (Training calendar will be sent out with acceptance letters)

Day walk: Sun 19th Oct 2014, Sat 22nd Nov 2014, Sat 21st Feb 2015, Sat 14th Mar 2015.

Practice Expedition: Fri 10th April- Sun 12th April 2015 and Sat 2nd May- Mon 4th May 2014

Final Expedition: Tues 7th July- Thurs 16th July 2015 (Destination of expedition will be in Europe and Dates may change due to Flight costs)

BAC Open Award Costs 2014 / 2015

·  Bronze Training Cost: £160.00 + £16 for Edofe Pack

·  Silver Training Cost: £200.00 + £16 for Edofe Pack (Excludes final expedition costs, the destination of the expedition will be taking place in the UK and final costs will be decided by the end of December 2014).

·  Gold Training Cost: £250.00 + £23 for Edofe Pack (Excludes final expedition costs, the destination of the expedition will be taking place in Europe and final costs will be decided by the end of December 2014)

. All prospective participants will be notified regarding registration (accepted or declined) by Wednesday 17th September 2014.

 

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