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Taking part in a regular physical activity is an amazing way for young people to develop skills, build confidence and improve their health and wellbeing. 

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 contact your County DofE Adviser, just to make sure.

There really is an activity for every young person, even if they don't see themselves as sporty.

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

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

Young people might want to try something completely new, or they might prefer to develop an existing hobby, improving their stamina and skill. Remember: lots of the activities they're already completing through Scouts – like canoeing, caving, rock climbing, rowing, sailing or walking – could be a great match. 


  • Before the young person gets started, let an assessor know: they'll need to fill out a report 
  • If an activity's completed through Scouts, make sure it's in line with Policy, Organisation and Rules
  • Many of the activities listed below also count towards other activities badges

DofE Ideas

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

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