The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised challenge for young members

Impress potential employers and universities with an achievement they know and respect

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities. It's open to girls and young women aged 14 to 24 or aged 13 and in the school year they turn 14.

Check out our updates on doing DofE during Covid-19.

Girlguiding has joined forces with DofE so you can complete this fantastic challenge as part of your guiding experience.

DofE fits in closely with many of the other awards and qualifications available to you through guiding, in particular the Queen’s Guide award. There are three progressive levels of the award - Bronze, Silver and Gold - that vary in length and commitment.

For each level you need to undertake four sections; volunteering, physical, skills-development and an expedition. For the Gold level you will also need to take part in a residential event.

The best part of my DofE was doing my expedition to Greenland, crossing glaciers and seeing the Northern lights - Hope, 18

Why should I get involved?

The DofE programme operates in over 100 countries and is recognised by potential employers and universities as a mark of real personal development and achievement. The programme is balanced and develops you as a whole person - mind, body and soul - in an environment of social interaction and teamwork.

Activities within the DofE programme can also be matched with those you are already doing in guiding so you can get more than one award for the challenges that you complete.

Completing my DofE Gold Award was a challenge that changed my life. The highlight was attending the World Scout Jamboree as my residential. - Ellen, 22

What does it entail?

DofE has three levels.

  • Bronze - for those aged 14 and over, or aged 13 and in the school year they turn 14. Takes at least six months to complete.
  • Silver - for those aged 15 and over, or aged 14 and in the school year they turn 15. Takes at least 12 months for direct entrants (those without Bronze Awards).
  • Gold - for those aged 16 and over. Takes at least 18 months for direct entrants (those without Silver Awards).

You can decide which levels you complete and in what order, as long as you meet the minimum age requirement.

You must complete the levels you choose to work towards before your 25th birthday. 

Non-members who want to volunteer as part of their DofE 

If someone who isn't a Girlguiding member wants to volunteer with us as part of their DofE, they must be at least 14 years old. Remember that they’ll need to be registered on GO as a 'young external volunteer’. If they're over the age of 18, they'll need to go through our recruitment checks too.