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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.