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Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

Steps to achieving the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

  1. Register using our online form.
    • Scout district = Odiham
    • Unit name = Astra
  2. Once registered, make your registration payment.
    • The current costs are Bronze (£25), Silver (£25) or Gold (£32).
    • You can pay via PayPal or credit or debit card.
  3. Visit Participant Resources page to help you get started.
  4. After about a week, you’ll receive your login details to your eDofE account. Use this to start filling in your planner and recording your progress.
    • For each section, state what you are going to do to achieve that goal.
    • Provide evidence of progress
    • Each section must be completed and independently assessed.

The Levels

  • Age: 14+ (or in year 9), complete by 25th birthday.
  • Duration: At least 6 months
  • Volunteering, Skill & Physical each for 3 months, one aspect for 6 months.
  • Expedition – 2 days, 1 night in normal country.
  • Age: 15+ (or in year 10), complete by 25th birthday.
  • Duration: At least 12 months (6 if completed Bronze Award)
  • Volunteering – 6 months, Skill & Physical – one for 3 months and the other for 6 months
  • If Bronze not completed, an additional 6 months must be added to a 6 month section
  • Expedition – 3 days, 2 nights in open country.
  • Age: 15+ (or in year 10), complete by 25th birthday.
  • Duration: At least 12 months (6 if completed Bronze Award)
  • Volunteering – 6 months, Skill & Physical – one for 3 months and the other for 6 months
  • If Bronze not completed, an additional 6 months must be added to a 6 month section
  • Expedition – 3 days, 2 nights in open country.

The Sections

  • Aim: To make a positive contribution to your community, by helping an individual or an organisation.
    • You can volunteer as an individual or a team.
    • Up to one quarter of the time can be training towards your chosen service.
    • There are lots of opportunities within Scouting, for Young Leader roles you may need to complete some training.
    • There are lots of choices including:
      • helping elderly or disabled neighbours.
      • helping with animals, such as dog-walking.
      • helping junior members in a sports club.
      • helping in a church.
      • raising awareness, environmental projects or helping a charity.
  • Notes
    • You cannot be paid for the activity you do, and you cannot take the place of a paid employee.
    • There may be 100s of young people from Scouting and schools looking for volunteering options. Consider postponing your volunteering for a while.
  • Aim: To develop practical and social skills and personal interests.
    • Physical activities, while they have elements of skill, cannot be used for this section. It can be useful to think of physical activities as those that make you sweat and a skill as one that does not.
    • There are over 300 different activity ideas you can choose from including: playing an instrument, learning a language, event planning, gliding, marksmanship (shooting) or producing a newsletter or website.
    • The activities need to be done in your own free time and not part of directed time at school.
  • Aim: To participate and show improvement in a sport, dance or fitness activity.
    • Physical activities are generally ones that make you sweat. Some sports e.g. marksmanship, snooker/pool and gliding are actually skill activities, make sure you check the list.
    • There are lots of choices including team sports, individual sports and just keeping fit!
    • Scouting Activities include: archery, canoeing, climbing, rowing, sailing & walking, which must be run in accordance with Scouting rules.
    • The activities need to be done in your own free time and not part of directed time at school.
  • Aim: To plan, train for and complete an expedition with a purpose.
    • Every expedition needs to be unaccompanied, self-reliant and with an agreed aim or purpose.
    • The expedition must be by your own physical effort using one of the following modes of travel: Land (walking, cycling, horse riding or wheelchair) or Water (canoeing, rowing or sailing).
    • All expeditions must meet the Expedition requirements, which are assessed by an accredited D of E assessor.
    • You need to prepare, train for, complete at least one practice, complete the qualifying expedition and give your presentation back.
    • The expedition will usually take place with your Scout Group, but there are several opportunities on the D of E website. Our preferred activity provided for Gold Expeditions is Expedition Wales.
  • Aim: to take part in a shared activity away from home
    • There are a wide range of activity choices, such as training, activity based, environmental or volunteering.
    • It needs to be with a majority of people you do not know.
    • Activities such as attending the World Scout Jamboree as a participant do not count, as you know the people well before you attend.
    • You should use the residential section checker to check your proposed activity is acceptable.
    • There are lots of opportunities on the D of E website.
    • All residentials need to be approved in advance using the Residential approval form.

Frequently asked questions

  • The current costs are Bronze (£25), Silver (£25) or Gold (£32). You can pay via PayPal or credit or debit card.
  • Expedition fees are around £35/trip.
  • Register using our online form. You will get an email with the login details to your eDofE account within a week.
  • Bronze: Age 14+ (or in year 9), complete by 25th birthday.
  • Silver: Age 15+ (or in year 10), complete by 25th birthday.
  • Gold: Age 16+ (no activities can count before 16th birthday), complete by 25th birthday.
  • Bronze: Start planning your 3-month Volunteering, Physical & Skills elements in the Autumn, to be completed by Easter. Expedition practice is around Easter, with the assessed expedition in June.
  • Silver: Timings are adjusted according to GCSE timetables.