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Award levels and requirements

The DofE empowers young people to pursue the skills and experiences which fit with their interests and goals. It's designed to be challenging but flexible, slotting into their lives around other hobbies and commitments. 

Young people build their own custom programme, choosing a unique range of skills to focus on and develop in – for at least one hour a week, for a set period of time.

Each of these represents a key area of the programme.

These are: volunteering, physical activity, skills and expeditions.

As part of their Gold Award, young people also go on a residential.

Depending on their age, young people can start their DofE adventure at any level. Most prefer to start with their Bronze Award and work upwards.

Bronze

  • For ages 14+*
  • Takes place over at least six months
  • Young people choose one physical activity, one skill and one volunteering opportunity to focus on: developing two of these for three months and one of these for six months
  • They go on an expedition for two days (including an overnight stay) in standard country terrain
  • Their achievements link directly to the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award (Explorers)

* If a young person isn't 14 yet, but is in the school year in which their peer group turns 14, they may still be able to start. All activities must be completed by the young person's 25th birthday.

Silver

  • For ages 15+*
  • Takes place over at least 12 months – if the young person is new to DofE – or six months if they've already completed their Bronze award
  • Young people choose a physical activity and a skill to focus on: developing one for three months and the other for six months
  • They take on a volunteering opportunity for six months
  • They go on an expedition for three days (including two overnight stays) in open country terrain
  • Their achievements link directly to the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award (Explorers and Network)

* If a young person isn't 15 yet, but is in the school year in which their peer group turns 15, they may still be able to start. All activities must be completed by the young person's 25th birthday.

Gold

  • For ages 16+*
  • Takes place over at least 18 months – if the young person is new to DofE, or has only completed their Bronze Award – or 12 months if they've already completed Silver Award
  • Young people choose a physical activity and a skill to focus on: developing one for three months, and the other for six months
  • They take on a volunteering opportunity for six months
  • They go on an expedition for four days (including three overnight stays) in wild country terrain
  • They embark on a residential project for five days (including four overnight stays)
  • Their achievements link directly to the Queen’s Scout Award (Explorers aged 16+ and Network)

* The age range for this award is strictly set: any work done on the award by young people under 16 unfortunately won't count. All activities must be completed by the young person's 25th birthday.

Top tips

  • Find out about the top awards in Scouts. They're carefully aligned with DofE, so if you're working towards one, you may as well work towards the other.

  • Doing DofE through another organisation? Upgrade to the corresponding Scout award by completing the additional requirements. 
DofE Badges on Scout store

To purchase the DofE badges you need to be a registered Badge Secretary, Section or Assistant Section Leader or a County or District Administrator.

Buy the Gold badge

Buy the Silver badge

Buy the Bronze badge