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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. Doing their DofE gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills.

There are three progressive levels of programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a bronze, silver or gold award. Young people create their own DofE programme by choosing volunteering, physical and skills activities, going on an expedition and, for their gold only, taking part in a residential activity.

Within scouting, this links directly to the chief scout’s platinum, diamond and Queen’s scout awards.

The DofE is delivered through a number of licensed providers, of which The Scout Association is one of the largest in the country.

As a member of The Scout Association our members can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as scouting awards. This is done through being a member of an Explorer Scout Unit or the Scout Network.

The Levels

Bronze

  • Age: 14+ (or in year 9), complete by 25th birthday.

  • Duration: At least 6 months

  • Volunteering, Skill & Physical each for 3 months, one section for 6 months.

  • Expedition - 2 days, 1 night in normal country.

Silver

  • Age: 15+ (or in year 10), complete by 25th birthday.

  • Duration: At least 12 months (6 if completed Bronze Award)

  • Volunteering - 6 months, Skill & Physical - one for 3 months and the other for 6 months

  • If Bronze not completed, an additional 6 months must be added to a 6 month section

  • Expedition - 3 days, 2 nights in open country.

Gold

  • Age: 16+ (no activities can count before 16th birthday), complete by 25th birthday.

  • Duration: At least 18 months (12 if completed Bronze Award)

  • Volunteering - 12 moths, Skill & Physical one for 6 months and the other for 12 months

  • If Silver not completed, an additional 6 months must be added to a 12 month section

  • Expedition - 4 days, 3 nights in wild country.

  • Residential Project - 5 days, 4 nights (see below)

What age can you start your DofE?
  • Bronze (14+) - (or in year 9 age range). You cannot start the Bronze award in Scouts and must be in / linking to Explorer Scouts.
  • Silver (15+) - (or in year 10 age range)
  • Gold (16+) - no activities can start before your 16th birthday.

Please note - you can opt to start at Bronze, Silver or Gold level (age dependant)

The cost of registration
  • Bronze   £23:00
  • Silver      £23:00
  • Gold       £30:00

For more information on the scheme please click here

For infomraiton on levels and timescales click here

To download an enrolment form click here

To download a 'bitesize guide for participants' click here

To doanload a 'bitesize guide for leaders' click here

To visit the DofE site click here