The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) is a worldwide youth training scheme that is supported and utilised by many organisations including The Scout Association.

It is open to young people aged 13-24 and is available at three levels

For those aged 14 and over (or 13 year and in Year 9 at school)

For those aged 15 and over (or 14 and in Year 10 at school)

For those aged 16 and over

The programme consists of participation in activities within four or five sections (residential only available at gold level)

Undertaking service to individuals or the community.

Improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

Developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

Planning, training for, and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

When organising your own DofE Expedition and you are in need of an assessor, please feel free to contact the County Assessors at

Residential (gold award only)
Staying and working away from home during a shared activity.

When arranging your Gold DofE residential, please ensure you submit the form below to the County Advisor to approve your residential proposal, otherwise your residential may be declared void when being verified.

How the scheme runs

This scheme runs in parallel to The Scout Associations own awards schemes, those being the Chief Scout Award and King Scout Award.

Please contact your Explorer\Network Leader for further details or contact the County DofE Advisor, Dan Fowler,