The DofE is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

The DofE has three progressive levels with Bronze for those in year 10 at school and over, Silver for those in year 11 at school and Gold for those aged 16 and over. To complete the award the young people choose activities across four areas including Volunteering (helping other people in the local community), Expedition (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle), Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest), Physical(sport, dance and fitness) and for the Gold award a Residential (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant).

Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at dofe.org