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.
Looking to carrying on doing your DofE safely from home? Check out #DofEWithADifference on our Scouting from home page.
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).
- Residential (Gold only)
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. Welcome packs will be sent directly to participants once registered on eDofE.
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.
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.
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.
As a DofE Approved Activity Provider, Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead can support or manage bronze, silver and gold DofE expeditions.