Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a registered charity, is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25.
What is DofE?
The DofE’s a life-changing adventure you don’t want to miss. It’s about going the extra mile – learning new skills for work and life, getting fitter, making a difference and broadening your horizons. Millions of young people in the UK have already done their DofE. Now it’s your turn.
Levels and Sections
There are three separate Awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold with different minimum starting ages and periods of participation. At each level there are four Sections:
To encourage service to individuals and the community
To encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills
To encourage participation and improvement in physical activity
To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
There is an additional requirement at Gold level:
To broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting.
How to register
To register for DofE with Hertfordshire Scouts as your Licensed Organisation please complete the form below:
Are there any age restrictions?
The minimum ages of entry are:
When will I get my entry pack?
An Entry Pack is issued to participants by a Licensed Organisation on enrolment in the Award. The Entry Pack contains background information on the Award, ideas of activities for each Section and advice on planning activities and recording progress and achievement. Progress in the Award should be recorded in the web based eDofE. Entry into the eDofE system is via a username and password. Once entered into the system, participants can upload their choice of activities, and also data in a variety of formats showing their own progress. Once the timelines are complete, then the section can be authorised by an Award Leader. The Activity Leaflets in the Pack form a back up record of progress and outcomes through the Award, verified by the individuals who have carried out the review and assessment in each Section.
How does this fit in with Scouting?
take up a Skill for three months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.
take up a Physical Activity for three months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement.
provide Service to an individual or the community for three months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This can include helping with another Section as a Young Leader.
complete a two day and one night expedition in rural country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.
More information regarding the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be found on the DofE website. Below are FAQs regarding your DofE through Hertfordshire Scouts. If you have any questions that aren't answered please contact the County DofE Advisor.