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The Skill section is about doing what you want to do, and doing it to the best of your ability.

It's about developing your practical skills and personal interests.

And it's about having lots of fun – and discovering more about yourself and what matters to you – along the way.

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 you 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 contact your County DofE Adviser, just to make sure.

There really is a skill for everyone to enjoy and develop in. It's just about finding one which excites and interests you enough to follow through.

To complete this section of the award, you'll need to take part in their chosen skill 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 an existing hobby.


  • 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 

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