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DofE choices

Discover how the activities you do or want to have a go at fit into the choices you have to make for your Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) journey

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tack
  • Printer (optional)

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Write the following words on separate pieces of paper: Skill, Physical, Volunteering and Expedition. Cut them up and stick one on each wall of your meeting place.
  • Create a list of activities, skills, volunteering opportunities and expedition examples for this activity.

Play the game

  1. Ask everyone to gather in the middle of your meeting place. Explain that this activity will help them to understand how different activities and skills can fit within the four (or five) areas of the DofE award.
  2. Explain that you will read out an activity and they need to choose where it fits within the four (or five) areas by going to the sign that they feel best fits the activity or skill.
  1. When everyone is ready, read out the first activity or skill.
  2. When everyone is by a sign, find out people’s reasons for choosing the area that they’re in.
  3. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have read out the whole list.


Understanding how and where the activities you already do fit into the DofE process can sometimes be a bit difficult. This exercise helped you to see how lots of different activities can be used across multiple skills sections, and perhaps it showed you how your activities can fit into sections of the award you didn’t think of.

Is there an activity that you already take part in that now fits into an area you didn’t expect? Think about if you take part in a sport and how that can fit into your Physical Section, but it can also be part of the Skills Section or Volunteer Section.

This activity might have also helped you to discover new skills or activities that you could take part in. Were there any that interested you that you didn’t think of before? How do you think learning these new skills could help you in your personal life? Think about new skills, such as learning sign language, and how that could support you at school, in college or even as a career.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.