The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.  You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by. Scouting is a major provider of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.  Getting involved here in East Somerset couldn’t be easier. You just need to be part of the Explorer Scout or Scout Network Section and register to take part.

On these pages we will tell you all you need to know to get started.  We outline how to sign up, the different levels of the award, how to do them and lots of other useful information to help you along your way. Once you’ve found out the basics here, it’s up to you to get in involved.

If you take up the challenge, you’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Click on the link for programme areas.

Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels

You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. Click on the badges below to see which level is right for you.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls