Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is a nationally recognised award that cadets can achieve whilst at 1251.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award consists of 3 levels: bronze, silver and gold.

Bronze

bronze_dofe_badgeThe Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award can be started by those aged 14+ years of age.

To complete Bronze DofE, cadets must complete 3 months Volunteering; 3 months Physical activity, 3 months honing a particular set of skills and a practice and assessed Expedition lasting 2 days & 1 night. An extra 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections is to be completed.

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Silver

The next level is the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. This is for those aged 15+ and is based on the same foundations as Bronze, with more time for personal development.

The timescale for Silver DofE Award is as follows:

  • 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
  • If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold

gold_dofe_badgeThe top level award is the Gold DofE. Cadets can begin when aged 16+ years of age. The panicle of DofE, the Gold Award is the one to properly show off.

As Gold is a bit special, the presentation of it is also a bit special. Presentations are held in London’s St James’s palace, Scotland’s Palace of HolyroodHouse and at Northern Ireland’s Hillsborough Castle. The award is even presented by a member of the Royal Family!

The timescales for the award are as follows:

  • 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 didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.