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.

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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: Bronze 14 years Silver 15 years Gold 16 years Subject to the above minimum ages, entry into the Programme may be at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Discretion is given to Licensed Organisations (also known as Operating Authorities) to permit those who are too young to enter the Bronze Award but who are part of a larger group aged 14 years and above to make a start with their friends. This discretion is primarily intended for those who plan their activities on a group basis. Group Leaders must be satisfied that participants are sufficiently mature to undertake the Bronze Programme. Licensed Organisations may permit those who have completed the Bronze Award to make a start on the Silver Award before their 15th birthday without imposing an artificial delay. No activity can count towards the Gold Award before the 16th birthday.


There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday. Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to start at Bronze and work upwards.

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?

The progressive training awards to be gained within the Explorer Scout and Scout Network sections have been specifically designed to include the corresponding level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Thus the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award contains the following requirement: Hold the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or complete the four Platinum Scout Challenges, which are:

  • 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.
Members must undertake an extra three months in any of the Skills, Physical Recreation or Service Challenges. The four bullet points and time periods correspond exactly to the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award requirements. Similar requirements are found in Chief Scout’s Diamond Award corresponding to the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and in the Queen’s Scout Award corresponding to the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Thus whilst the Scouting Awards may be gained without participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will always count towards your Scouting Awards. The extra resources available to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (especially the Expedition section) can thus be used to help you complete your Scouting Awards. Also, you get another Nationally recognised Award without any extra effort, you can wear your highest Duke of Edinburgh’s Award badge on your uniform, and if you get as far as the Gold Award, the Award ceremony usually takes place in one of the Royal Palaces.



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.