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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.

Want more information?

Visit the DofE website for more information

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How to register


To register for DofE with Hertfordshire Scouts as your Licensed Organisation please complete the form below:

Scouts Residential Approval Form

To ensure that your proposed Residential will fit the DofE requirements - please download and complete the form.  Pre-approval using this form has now become a compulsory element for Residentials.

Scouts Residential Approval Form
  • Who are Explorers?
    Explorers are a go-getting group of young people aged 14 to 18. Together, they make up the fourth section of the Scouts.Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Units to try new things, make new friends and conquer the small task of changing the world. to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
  • What do Explorers get up to?
    Being an Explorer is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are. Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will make you feel stronger and happier in the long run, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school. Whether you’re hiking to faraway lands or building a robot in your local town hall, you’ll have the freedom to choose what you’d like to do, and work together with adults to make it happen.
  • Who leads the Explorers
    Each Explorer Unit is made up of young people aged 14 to 18, led by adult volunteers who are on hand to share their skills and keep everyone safe. Within their Unit, Explorers are part of a Patrol - smaller groups of Explorers who look out for one another, and help each other grow. Explorers usually gather in their Patrols at the beginning and end of meetings. They might also stick together on expeditions or trips away, or during certain activities. Explorers are part of the global Scout family. Closer to home, they’re part of their wider local Scout District, alongside Network members (aged 18 to 25). Some Explorer Units may have a close link with a Scout Group in a local area. Prev
  • I am a Young Person - Can I be a Leader?
    Absolutely. If taking the lead sounds like something you’d like to try for yourself, sign up for the Explorer Scout Young Leader’s Scheme to get some hands-on experience volunteering with the younger Scout sections. Visit here to find out more xxxxxx



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.

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