The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
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. Young people create their own DofE programme by choosing volunteering, physical and skills activities, going on an expedition and, for their gold only, taking part in a residential 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.
In Scouting we support volunteers delivering and managing the DofE by providing training opportunities that are part of the DofE modular training framework.
The courses currently available are:
- Introduction to the DofE course
- Expedition supervisor training course
- Expedition assessor accreditation scheme courses.
We are aiming to provide at least one introduction to the DofE course, one expedition supervisor and one expedition assessor course per English region (for details of training availability in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland please contact the appropriate country office).
The DofE training provided within Scouting is delivered by volunteers who are part of our National DofE Training Scout Active Support Unit. These trainers come with a wealth of experience and knowledge so please make good use of this on your course. The trainers are supported by the DofE Office at the Scouts Headquarters (UKHQ) who will manage the administration and logistical arrangements for the events.