Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

It is a five-Section Programme with three progressive levels:

  • Bronze (for those aged 14 and over) [Can be completed in parallel with the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award]
  • Silver (for those aged 15 and over) [Can be completed in parallel with the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award]
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over). [Can be completed in parallel with the Queen Scout’s Award]

The sections involve:

  • Volunteering (helping other people in the local community)
  • Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Residential (Gold Award only - a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)

Doing your DofE

As a member of The Scout Association you can achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) as well as Scouting Awards. This is done through being a member of an Explorer Scout Unit or the Scout Network.

DofE programmes and Scout Awards

The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award and the Queen’s Scout Award have similar requirements to the Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards.

Why do both?

Why not? By registering for the DofE and The Scout Association you can gain twice the recognition for the efforts you put in. The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award. Both are recognised and highly respected by potential employers, colleges and universities. Should you move area, for university or work etc. you can continue with your DofE within Scouting in your new area.

Choosing your level

Bronze (14+ years old)

To achieve your Bronze Award, you need to complete the following sections:

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award (14+ years)

In addition to the above you need to complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts/Scout Network for at least six months.
  • Complete six nights away, four of which must be camping.
  • Also complete two activities as an Explorer Scout/ Scout Network member from the lists available on www.scouts.org.uk/ive (each should be from a different list).

Silver (15+ years old)

To achieve your Silver Award, you need to complete the following sections:

 

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award (15+ years)

In addition to the above you need to complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts/Scout Network for at least 12 months (this can include time spent working on the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award).
  • Complete twelve nights away, eight of which must be camping (this can include nights away counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award).
  • Complete two activities as an Explorer Scout/Scout Network member from the lists available in www.scouts.org.uk/ive (each should be from a different list and not the same activities as those undertaken for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award)

Gold (16+ years old)

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete the following sections:

Various training packages and support for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are available for leaders and young people. Initial support should be sought by contacting the Assistant county Commissioner for D of E, Jo Hawtin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

D of E Enrolment Form



If you would like to attend a national course about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, then please see the event list on the left of this page.
There are also courses available for those that are interested in becoming an expedition assessor, speak to Jo and check the calendar.

To find out more about DofE, visit the Scout Associations pages by clicking here, or the DofE home page by clicking here.