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.
It’s delivered by a number of licensed providers across the UK: Scouts being one of the biggest.
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. It’s something really brilliant to put on their CV, or talk about in their university and job applications.
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.
At Scouts, DofE is a part of our Explorer and Network programme. You can start the Bronze and Silver awards in the school year you turn 14 and 15 respectively. Gold has a minimum age of 16. All activities must be completed by a young person’s 25th birthday.