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Duke Of Edinburgh Award

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What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

It is a five-Section Programme with three progressive levels:

  • Bronze (for those aged 14 and over)
  • Silver (for those aged 15 and over) and
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over).

The sections involve:

  • Service (helping other people in the local community)
  • Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical Recreation (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Residential Project (Gold Award only) (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)

DofE leader is Terry Shipp. email desc@swindonnorthscouts.org.uk

Related Documents

Guide to completing the Chief Scouts and D of E awards

DofE enrolement form

DofE Volunteering as a Young Leader

The below is taken from a circular from Scout HQ

Volunteering section
We’ve recently had a number of queries about volunteering within Scouting for the volunteering section of Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

1. Can existing Scout members under 14 years old volunteer within a section?

No. Scout members under 14 years old should not be volunteering as a Young Leader with any section. Once they move up to Explorer Scouts, they can become an Explorer Scout Young Leader and volunteer within either a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout section. This is the case for those volunteering for any Scouting Top Award (including DofE).

2. Can non-members under 14 years old volunteer within a section for their Bronze Award? What is the process for this?

No. Non-members cannot volunteer within any sections until they are 14. Non-members can volunteer with either a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout section when they are aged 14-18 for a fixed period of time as required for their award. This must be in agreement with the Section Leader.

3. Are non-member volunteers doing their DofE covered by insurance?

Yes. When the non-member is taking part in any Scouting activity either within the meeting place or outside they are covered by Public Liability insurance. They are not covered for personal accident by The Scout Association.

4. What training do Young Leaders need to do for their DofE?

It is compulsory for Explorer Scout Young Leaders to complete Module A within their first three months of becoming a Young Leader. This is the minimum requirement for a Bronze DofE Award or for the first DofE level a participant takes part in. If Module A was completed for their first award, then additional training would be expected for other levels, for example First Aid. Explorer Scout Young Leaders should be made aware of resources available and be given a copy of the Orange Card. This also applies to non-members operating as Explorer Scout Young Leaders whilst undertaking their volunteering section of an award.

5. Do non-members need to do any training whilst they are volunteering at a section?

Yes. Non-members are also required to complete training similar to Explorer Scout Young Leaders as outlined above. More information can be found in Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) Rule 4.37 - The appointment of Young Leaders and in the DofE Leader Support Pack

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