A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. The DofE is many things to many people, and it will support you to successfully navigate adult life.
If you’re 14-24, you can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels. When the levels are successfully completed, they lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level, and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Any young person can do a DofE – regardless of your ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
You’ll have fun, make friends, improve your self-esteem and build confidence. You’ll also gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences.