Sections

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold)

  • Volunteering - Volunteering gives you the chance to make a difference to people’s lives and use your skills and experience to help your local community. You can use this opportunity to become involved in a project or with an organisation that you care about.
    Download: Programme Ideas | Programme Planner | Activity Log 

  • Physical - Doing physical activity is fun and improves your health and physical fitness. Choose something you are really interested in.
    Download: Programme Ideas | Programme Planner | Activity Log 

  • Skills - Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life.
    Download: Programme Ideas | Programme Planner | Activity Log 

  • Expedition - Going on an expedition gives you the chance to have an adventure, work as a team, and act on your own initiative.
    Download: Bronze Kit List | Menu Planner | Bronze Route Card

  • Residential (for Gold) - Going on a residential gives you the chance to learn how to work with people from different backgrounds and build confidence living in new environments. There are loads of exciting possibilities and opportunities, so choose something which you will find really fulfilling.

You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

How much does it cost?

The costs of DofE Participation Places, which includes your Welcome pack :

    - Bronze £17 for those aged 14 + years  ( cost £19 from 1st April 2016 )

    - Silver £17 for those aged 15 + years  ( cost £19 from 1st April 2016 )

    - Gold £24 for those aged 16 + years  ( cost £26 from 1st April 2016 )

Refund of the cost should be claimed on completion of the award. 

Bronze Timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver Timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

Gold Timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

If you need any further information, please talk to your Squadron’s DofE Leader

What happens next?

You will receive a Welcome Pack with lots of helpful info and your DofE Reward Card.
Your DofE Leader checks and approves when you've completed your activity in each section.
When you achieve your Award you'll receive a badge and certificate. 

You can also use your evidence to create an Achievement Pack.

Now, you can start choosing what activities you want to do - although you don't have to wait until you get your Welcome Pack before you start planning your programme.

Remember - tell your Leader about your plans so you don't waste time on activities which won't count or don't fit into the right section.  

Once everything is agreed and in place you’re ready to start an adventure you’ll never forget.  
Good luck and have FUN!