The concept of the DofE is simple – anyone aged 14 to 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE’s Award. Because DofE programmes are all about getting out there, having fun and self-development, everyone can achieve something. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
What do I need to do to achieve my DofE Award?
A DofE programme is made up of four sections (five at Gold). Over the required time you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week. You’ll need to show persistence, commitment and personal development. It’s not something that can be achieved in a short burst of enthusiasm.
How do the activities overlap?
The activities you’ll be involved with at your SLSGB Club can be counted for your DofE programme. Find out more below:
Step 1 Decide which level of DofE programme you would like to do (this will depend on your age, time commitments etc).
Step 2 Talk to the DofE Co-ordinator at your club and arrange to register to do your DofE programme.
Step 3 Decide with your Leader what you are going to do for each section of your DofE programme.
Step 4 Get Started! Don’t forget to record on eDofE what you are doing and ask your Assessors to sign off each section as you complete them.
Step 5 Once your DofE programme is complete, speak to your Leader or the DofE Co-ordinator who will arrange for you to receive your certificate and badge. They can also advise you about starting the next level of Award, if appropriate.
How long will it take?
The time it will take to complete your programme and achieve an Award is in many ways down to you. The shortest amount of time in which you could complete your Bronze programme is six months; your Silver, six months; and your Gold, 12 months (direct entrants will take longer). During your programme you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week over this time. Don’t forget – you have until your 25th birthday to complete any programme and achieve an Award!
For more information on the Duke Of Edinburgh programme please contact us.