Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Looking for a challenge with a difference…go for a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)
DofE gives young people aged 14-25 the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. There are three levels to complete starting with bronze, and should you wish to, you can move onto silver and finish with gold. Each level is made up of various sections and it can take between 6 to 18 months to complete a level. For some it’s the taking part that really counts and so achieving bronze is a big achievement on so many levels.
Time if achieved
|Silver||15yrs||12 months||6 months|
|Gold||16yrs||18 months||12 months|
Not into physical outdoor pursuits - no problem
Most people relate the DofE award with physical outdoor activities, but completing the award does not need to be just about these type of activities. You can participate through indoor sports and community work and you can even complete your outdoor expeditions on horseback.
Whatever level you're doing you'll create your own personal programme with the help of your leader - you just have to choose one activity for each section. It's all about setting yourself a challenge and feeling great when you achieve it!
Make your choice from the following exciting opportunities:
Volunteering - This is your chance to make a real difference by helping someone, your community, the environment or an organisation. From being a listener for the Samaritans or raising money for a cancer charity to running a recycling project or helping at an animal shelter - it's your chance to help others.
Physical - You can choose any sport, dance or fitness activity to get fitter, keep fit and get better at it! You could play for your local hockey team or learn to dance or take up something a little more unusual like octopushing or free running - it's up to you - just choose something you'll enjoy!
Skills - Is there something you've always wanted to try or do you want to get better at your favorite hobby? Do it for your skills section and get credit for it! Play the guitar or learn to paint, go karting or make honey - the sky's the limit when it comes to skills.
Expedition - Highs. lows, great laughs, amazing memories - you'll experience it all as you plan, train for and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
Residential (Gold only) - Make new friends and have fun whilst taking part in n activity and staying away from home. From a crash course in Spanish or writing music, to assisting at a kids summer camp or sailing a tall ship, you can learn something new, help people or develop an existing talent - just have fun!
The length of time you spend on each section depends on the level of the programme you're doing.