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Taking part in a regular physical activity is an amazing way for you to develop stamina and confidence, build a range of skills and improve your health and wellbeing to boot. 

People often confuse the physical section and the skills section: a good way to tell the difference is to remember that anything which takes physical effort and makes someone sweat can be classed as a physical activity. Anything else can be classed as a skill. Simple.

If in doubt, take a look at the list below or chat to your section leader or County DofE Adviser, just to make sure.

There really is an activity for everyone, even if you don't yourself as sporty.

It's just about finding one which excites and interests you enough to follow through with.

To complete this section of the award, you'll need to take part in your chosen activity for an hour a week on average, for 3-18 months (depending on your award level and the choices you've made in the other sections).

You might want to try something completely new, or you might prefer to develop in an area you're already pursuing (like in a specific sport, or in general fitness). Remember: lots of the activities you're already completing through Scouts – like canoeing, caving, rock climbing, rowing, sailing or walking – could be a great match. 


  • You need to have a suitable assessor matched to you before you get started: they'll need to agree with you on your goals for the section, and to fill out a report to track your progress at the end 
  • You need to make sure you’re doing activities for the correct length of time
  • You can always chat to your leader and County DofE Adviser for advice if you're stuck or unsure 

List of ideas

DofE Ideas

You might also like to visit DofE website for more guidance and ideas 

Get inspired