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.
- Bronze: for those aged 14 and over
- Silver: for those aged 15 and over
- Gold: for those aged 16 and over
Young people create their own DofE programme. The programme consists of participation in activities within four or five sections (residential only available at gold level).
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expeditions: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
- Residential (gold award only): staying and working away from home during a shared 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.
More Information can be found here DofE Particpants Info