DofE Award

Take part in the world’s leading youth achievement award

As a Ranger or Girlguiding Inspire member, you can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Girlguiding Norfolk. Some of the activities overlap with clauses in other awards, such as the Queen’s Guide Award, Baden Powell Award and Look Wider, so you can achieve even more recognition for your efforts!

What does the DofE Award involve?

There are four sections to the DofE Award (plus a fifth section at Gold level).

  1. Expedition
  2. Volunteering
  3. Physical (sport)
  4. Skill
  5. Residential Experience (Gold only)

How long does it take to complete?

The length of time taken to complete the award varies at each level. For the volunteering, physical and skill sections you need to spend an average of one hour per week. You have until your 25th birthday to complete the award.

  • Bronze (14+ years old) takes a minimum of 6 months to complete. The expedition is 2 days, 1 night.
  • Silver (15+ years old) takes a minimum of 6 months to complete. The expedition is 3 days, 2 nights.
  • Gold (16+ years old) takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. The expedition is 4 days, 3 nights and the Residential Experience is 5 days, 4 nights.

Why should I do the Award?

The DofE Award is an internationally recognised achievement. It looks fantastic on job, college and university applications because you demonstrate valuable skills and attributes, such as commitment, confidence, teamwork, leadership, fitness and navigation.

“Completing my DofE Awards as taught me that the challenges you face along the way are only temporary, but the success and achievement lasts a lifetime! My DofE programmes have helped mould the person that I am today. I can’t even imagine what I’d be doing today had I not taken part; I wouldn’t have the friendships I’ve made, I wouldn’t have had so much success in employment and I most definitely would be as confident as I am today.” Tanglwyst Melville – Gold Award Holder (

Getting Started

Contact your County DofE Adviser for an application form: Sara Ward

For more information (and ideas about activities for each section) visit

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