The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised programme available to young people aged from 13 to 24. Taking part in the award provides an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, gain essential life skills and have fun.
There are three levels available:
- Bronze – for those aged 14 to 24 or 13 and in the school year when you turn 14 (so you can start at the same time as your friends in the same school year), takes at least six months
- Silver – for those aged 15 to 24 or 14 and in the school year when you turn 15, takes at least six months if you’ve completed Bronze or twelve months as a direct entrant to Silver
- Gold – for those aged 16 to 24, takes at least twelve months if you’ve completed Silver or at least eighteen months as a direct entrant to Gold
All three levels have four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Gold has an additional Residential challenge.
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold award can be done alongside the Queen’s Guide with some activities counting towards both, as long as all requirements for each award are met.
Find out more here.
The Volunteering section of the DofE can be done as a Young Leader or Young External Volunteer with Girlguiding. If you wish to register your interest to volunteer, please do so here.
If you are interested in completing your Duke of Edinburgh award with guiding, contact DofE@girlguidingleeds.org.uk.