How to complete your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
This year, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is celebrating its 60th year! Haven’t heard of it before? DofE is a voluntary programme of activities for 14-24-year-olds. It involves volunteering, improving your skills, going on an exhibition and, for the highest level of the scheme, taking part in a residential activity.
DofE links directly to the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond awards and the Queen’s Scout Award. Fancy getting involved? Take a look at our top tips to get started…
1. Register ASAP
Every young person needs to register for the DofE before they embark on their programme. This can be done via your County DofE Adviser or Country Office of your area. Once you’re registered, you can start planning your programme.
2.Planning is SO important!
Make sure you take time to plan all aspects of your adventure, whether it’s selecting the kind of activities you would like to do or getting prepared physically, mentally and practically for the expeditions ahead.
3. Double up on activities
It’s likely that you’re already doing some activities that would count towards a DofE Award. Discuss which hobbies and activities count already and work on progressing in them – you can set yourself some new goals along the way too.
4. Keep up to date
Once enrolled, you’ll receive an eDofE account and a Welcome Pack. Keep your details up to date and submit your evidence and award once it’s completed.
5. There’s no such thing as a silly question!
It’s always better to ask and find out the right answer than to make assumptions and get things wrong. The DofE team are more than happy to help, and you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is loads of support available to help you achieve your ambitions through the DofE programmes. Check out the DofE pages at scouts.org.uk/dofe.
Every County in England has a DofE Adviser who can provide localised support. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland support is available from your Country Office.
Read about these four Norfolk Scouts who decided to test the wheelchair accessiblity of Lake District walking routes for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition.