The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an awards programme which gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment.

By taking part, young people build on a huge range of practical and character skills – like resilience, problem-solving, team-working and drive – and come out the other side with a stronger sense of self (and something really brilliant to put on their CV, or talk about in their uni and job applications).

There are three award levels to achieve:
Bronze – for those aged 14+ years
Silver – for those aged 15+ years
Gold – for those aged 16+ years

Young people build their own custom DofE programme: choosing from a range of skills-based challenges, physical activities, volunteering opportunities and expeditions to suit their interests and goals.

As part of their Gold Award, they also take part in a residential activity.

Scouts can complete their DofE while they're in Explorers or Network, linking their achievements to the Chief Scout’s Platinum, Diamond and Queen’s Scout Awards.


Volunteering: 3 months
Physical: 3 months
Skills: 3 months
Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.


Volunteering: 6 months
Physical and Skills: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
Expedition: 3 days/2 nights
If you didn't do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.


Volunteering: 12 months
Physical and Skills: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
Expedition: 4 days/3 nights
Residential: Undertake an activity in a residential setting for 5 days and 4 nights.
If you didn't do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in one of the sections.

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