In Scouts, the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Awards are part of the programme for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network only. This is how the DofE programme is set up to run in our organisation.
In schools, young people may be able to start it slightly younger, because there is flexibility for young people to start their Bronze DofE programme in the school year that they turn 14.
In Scouts, to do any of the DofE Awards, young people must be an Explorer Scout or a Scout Network member. Remember, there is flexibility in our age ranges, so that young people can move up to Explorers from age 13.5. They will also need to meet the minimum age requirements set by the DofE, which are:
- Bronze - Be in the academic year in which you turn 14.
- Silver - Be in the academic year in which you turn 15.
- Gold - You must be 16.
Although young people in the Scout section can’t do their DofE with us until they move up, there’s loads of stuff in our programme to help prepare them for all the adventures that await them in Explorers. One of these things is the Expedition Challenge Award, which will take them a big step closer to achieving their Chief Scout’s Gold Award, the top award in the Scout section.