Helping young people to achieve

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 and 25. The award can be achieved at three different levels: bronze, silver and gold.

As an Operating Authority for the Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award, we offer opportunities for young people to achieve the award under the supervision of qualified DofE Leaders, either as part of our own Queen’s Scout Award or as a standalone qualification.

Lots of young people in Scouting do their DofE not only for the personal challenge involved but also to help build the skills and confidence that will help them achieve future education and career goals.

Andrew, DofE Award Manager

Achieving the award

Young people achieve the award by completing a personal programme of activities in four areas (five for the Gold Award).

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition
  • Residential (Gold only)

Registration process

Registration process

Young people interested in completing their DofE Award need to fill out a DofE Participant Enrolment Form and give it to their Award Leader, who is usually their Explorer Scout Leader or District Scout Network Commissioner. The Award Leader then submits a completed Request for Participation Places Form to Scouts Scotland. Please note that individual enrolment forms do not need to be sent to Scouts Scotland.

Once the places have been registered, each participant will have an account created on the eDofE online management tool to track and log Award progress, and Welcome Packs will be sent out by post. 

Costs

Bronze or Silver - £26 

Gold – £32

Forms

DofE Participant Enrolment Form 

DofE Request for Participation Places 

 

 


DofE Expeditions

Expeditions are a great opportunity for young people to choose where and how to travel, from kayaking around Iceland’s West Fjords to cycling through the Swiss Alps. However, all DofE qualifying expeditions must be assessed by a DofE accredited expedition assessor.

EAAS guidance

Leaders who wish to become a DofE accredited expedition assessor need to attend the EAAS training course, and will need to fill out an application form to gain a place. Please be aware that applications to the EAAS training course have to be approved by Scouts Scotland. You can download our guidance on the process to find out more. 

Download guidance

Changes to DofE Bronze Expedition

The DofE is responsible for ensuring that their programmes offer young people the chance to experience new activities, grow in confidence and develop useful skills for life and work in a non-competitive environment.  They have introduced a number of permanent changes to Bronze-level programmes.

Find out more on the DofE's website.

Expedition support

As a DofE Approved Activity Provider, Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead can support or manage bronze, silver and gold DofE expeditions. 

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DofE resources

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