The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenging programme for young people aged between 14 and 24. The DofE tests and builds an individual's commitment, resilience and teamwork in a practical, fun and energetic way.
There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold). 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).
Most importantly you as a participant get to choose what to do! This also means that it is up to you as a participant to get yourself organised and complete the award off your own back. Your teachers are there to guide and assist but the hard work should be coming from you!
The DofE is a real challenge but the flipside is that you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.