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Liverpool North District Scouts

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Doing your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

Are you:

  • Aged 14 to 24?
  • A member of The Scout Association?
  • Or would like to be a member?
  • Up for a challenge?

Then why not do your DofE?

What is the DofE?

There are three levels of DofE programme:

  • Bronze (minimum age 14).
  • Silver (minimum age 15).
  • Gold (minimum age 16).

To achieve your Award you must set goals and work towards them in the following sections:

  • Volunteering.
  • Skill.
  • Physical.
  • Expedition.
  • Residential (Gold level only).


What do I need to do?

You will need to agree on an activity for each section and set some goals with your Leader. This might include Scouting activities such as hiking, taking part in staged performances or being a Young Leader. It may also include hobbies such as dancing, playing a sport or learning a musical instrument. You’re probably already doing some activities that could count. It is up to you whether you decide to start something as a beginner or work on an existing interest – as long as you are developing and having fun!

How long will it take?

The duration of each section can be seen on the following pages (it varies between levels). You must complete an hour a week (or equivalent; such as two hours every two weeks) of your Volunteering, Skill and Physical activity for its duration. All awards must be completed by your 25th birthday.


But what about my Scouting awards?

There’s more good news! Time spent on completing your DofE programme also counts towards your top awards in Scouting. The top awards in Scouting have been carefully aligned with the DofE programme meaning that if you are registered for one you may as well register for the other. The details of how each level and section align can be found below.

If you choose to do your Gold DofE programme you can register for your Queen’s Scout Award (QSA) and cross-credit all of the relevant sections. There are just a few more requirements you’ll need to complete for the QSA and then you’ll have achieved both awards! Both award programmes are highly respected by potential employers, colleges and universities, so the awards are great additions to your CV! Find out more about your QSA at scouts.org.uk/QSA.

DofE and Scout Awards Levels and Requirements

DofE Bronze Award / Chief Scout Platinum Award

DofE Silver / Chief Scout Diamond Award


DofE Gold / Queen Scout Award

Ready to get started?

If you are just turning 14 years old you will register at Bronze level to start with, but if you are 16 or older you can decide which level to register for.
Once registered for DofE, you will receive an eDofE account and a Welcome Pack. It’s important that you log into eDofE and keep your account up-to-date, as this is where you will submit your evidence and your Award once it is completed.
From there you will decide on your activities, goals and who your Assessors will be.
Then all that’s left is to have fun developing new skills and making memories.

Find out more...

For More Information please complete the form below and we will get back to you. Please ensure you state your age and what level you are interested in completing to ensure we can get you the right information first hand.

Alternatively you can speak to SteJ who can be contacted via the 'Meet The Team' section, or at most Explorer events.


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