Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or DofE, is a widely recognised external award programme which is at the core of the Explorer Scouts section and also available to older Scouts.

The Award operates at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

With assistance from Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for, and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
  • At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.

To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants: Bronze 3–6 months; Silver: 6–9 months; Gold: 12–18 months. Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.

How to get involved


Please see your child’s Scout or Explorer Scout Leader for details.


The enrolment should be done through the Explorer Scout Unit or Scout Troop and not by parents dealing directly with the ScoutsCymru office.

To enrol Explorers or Scout for the DofE please send just the completed enrolment form to Alison Owen at the Scoutscymru office. The forms can be scanned and emailed if you want. Email alison@scoutscymru.org.uk (please note this is not the same person as Alison Owen-Yeates who is the DofE advisor for ScoutsCymru).

Please ensure that the Unit and Leader sections on the form are completed. The forms should be sent by the ESL or your units nominated person. You need to make it clear where the Welcome Packs should be sent. Do not send any money at this stage.

Alison will then send out the participants Welcome Packs to the ESL together with the invoice. This will include the cost of postage for the Welcome Packs. If you can collect a few enrolments together then that saves on the postage.

Age restrictions

  • Participants can only start their Bronze DofE programme when they are in the school year in which they turn 14 and start their Silver DofE programme in the school year in which they turn 15. 
  • They must already be 16 before they can start their Gold DofE programme.
  • Within DofE rules, the school year starts on August 1st.
  • Participants can be enrolled up to 3 months prior to this but cannot start their sections until that date.

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