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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:

The sections involve:


Where can I find out more?

We have put together an Awards Booklet for Explorer Scouts and Scout Networkers that has been designed to tell you and your members how to achieve the D of E Awards (Bronze/Silver/Gold) and associated Scouting Awards (Platinum/Diamond/Queen Scouts Award).

The booklet can be viewed online or downloaded from here


How do I get started?

You will need to buy an Welcome Pack which contains all the information you need to start the award:

  1. Speak to your Unit Leader to if your unit runs D of E or where your nearest D of E Unit is.
  2. Complete a registration form, available from your Leader
  3. Give to your Award Leader with a cheque (£23 for Bronze and Silver and £30 for Gold) made payable to GLSE Scouts.
  4. Your Welcome Pack will be sent to you within a few weeks and your eDofE login will be emailed to you.



How do I start my Explorer Scouts/Scout Network members off on the Award?

Again, the same process applies. The Explorer Scouts/Scout Networkers need to obtain Record Books from the Borough Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adviser; as a Leader you can do this on their behalf. The Borough Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adviser  will also be able to give you advice and support on how to set up and run the Award with your Unit. It is a requirement that any Unit wishing to run the D of E award, must have at least one leader who has attended the introduction to D of E Award training course.

How do I assess parts of the Award?

Instruction, supervision and assessment should be undertaken by suitable experienced, and where appropriate, qualified people. These people should also have a knowledge of the Award. This may be achieved through reading a Sectional Leaflet or the Award Handbook, or through attending a briefing or training course. If there is any doubt as to who should assess, then guidance should be sought from the District or County Adviser.

How do I get badges?

There are a range of badges that go with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will provide a pin badge for all those who complete the Award at each level. There is also a Scout cloth badge which can be worn on the uniform. This is obtained through District/County Badge Secretaries. The GLSE County Adviser may also be able to supply you with badges for those who have recently completed. If a badge has been lost then a copy of the certificate will need to be supplied in order to get a replacement.

How do I get a notification number for a venture abroad?

All ventures abroad are required to notify the Award and gain a Notification Number. This is done by completing the Venture Abroad Notification Form and submitting it to the Operating Authority a minimum of 12 weeks prior to departure. Forms for Scouting ventures abroad being used for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition section should be sent to the Activities Office and should be accompanied by some supporting information, including who the Nights Away Permit holder is, who the Activity Permit holder is, a copy of the travel insurance documentation and proof that the Visits Abroad process has been followed.

Once this information is received the forms can be processed and if all Scout and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award rules have been followed a Notification Number will be issued. This will be sent to the person named on the forms as well as the County Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adviser.

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This page was last updated on 18 August 2017 by Caroline Crowe