The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
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of Edinburgh's Award programme
operates in about 100 countries
and has three levels: Bronze
(for those aged 14 and over),
Silver (for those aged 15 and
over) and Gold (for those aged
16 and over).
leaflet to see how being part of
Girlguiding helps you with
your Duke of Edinburgh award.
At each level you have to satisfy the requirements of four sections:
Gold programme participants
must also do an additional
- Volunteering -
undertaking service to
individuals or the community
- Physical - improving in
an area of sport, dance or
- Skills - developing
practical and social skills and
- Expedition - planning,
training for and completing an
adventurous journey in the UK or
- Residential - involves
staying and working away from
home doing a shared activity.
You have until your 25th birthday to complete any of the
three awards but it takes at
least six months to complete the Bronze, 12 months for Silver and 18 months for
Gold for direct entrants (i.e. those without Silver or Bronze awards).
- The whole idea is for you to choose activities of interest to you,
although everything must be done in your own leisure time
(that is, out of school, college or work hours).
- Members can achieve their
Duke of Edinburgh's Awards
Volunteers can also use their
time spent volunteering with a
unit (Brownies, Guides or Senior
Section), towards their
Volunteering section of their
- Who signs off each section? How is it measured?
If you are a Leader in charge, your Assistant Leader or local
Commissioner can sign off your
Visit the DofE section of the
Guiding Manual to find out more
After you've successfully completed the Gold Award, you'll get
the invite of a lifetime. Recipients go to one of the royal palaces
to accept their award in the presence of its patron, the Duke of Edinburgh
(funnily enough). Not bad!