The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has three different levels:
- Bronze (you need to be aged 14+)
- Silver (you need to be aged 15+)
- Gold (you need to be aged 16+)
You have to do them in order starting from Bronze to Silver to Gold, that’s the rules! You need to give up some of your free time (only a few hours a week for Bronze) but its good fun.
The main parts to the award are:
- Volunteering – giving something back to your community
- Skills – could be anything really from dress-making to cookery or film studies
- Physical – could be a sport or activity like dance that you already play or take part in – or an activity you want to take up
- Expedition – trip where you camp overnight and fend for yourself
- Residential Project – (for Gold Awards only)
You need an adult volunteer group leader (usually a teacher or adult instructor) who can share their skills, enthusiasm and organising abilities, but most of all they will make sure that you are safe at all times.
If you are keen to get going then ask at your school or in your youth project to see if they offer it.
Or visit The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) website where you can find your nearest DofE contact or ‘Operating Authority (OA)’.