The Gold D of E Award starts when you are 16 years old. To complete the award you need to carry out four sections; Skill, volunteer, and physical. If you finish these three sections you will then be invited to complete the final section which is the expedition. You also need to plan and participate in a residential. More information on residential here.
- Skills involve learning a new skill such as chess, fishing, learning a musical instrument. A full list of possible activities is available here.
- Physical involves taking part in sport or dance. A full list of possible activities is available here.
- Volunteer involves getting involved in helping in the community. This could involve helping in a charity shop, maintaining local footpaths, helping with rainbows or beavers. It is important that you do not volunteer for a company where you would replace a worker. A full list of possible activities is available here.
The time you need to do in each section is shown below. If you have not already finished the Silver then you will have to undertake an extra six months in one of the sections.
The expedition for Gold is the final part of the award. A practise expedition takes place in the local area a few months before the real expedition takes place. We work with the local authority to put on Gold expeditions as it is sometimes cheaper to pool resources. This means you may have to complete you expedition with people you may not know.
When you have handed in your form and cheque, the payment will be sent to the Local Authority. You will then be emailed a user name and password. This is your log into eDofE. Click on the web link right to log in. For help to start on eDofE look here.
When you first log in you need to complete the personal information then you can get started on your D of E. You need to set objectives for the skill, volunteer and physical and submit it for a leader to approve. Once approved you can start your activity.
If you have already been doing one of the activities you may backdate it. For example if you play in the school rugby team you can use this for your physical and back date. The eDofE website will guide you how far back you can start the activity.
Download the enrolment form here dofe_enrolment_form_participant
Any questions email Mike Price by filling in the form below.
To complete a section you need to upload evidence onto eDofE. This can be photographs and a document signed by your supervisor (this can be the keeping track book) to show that you have completed the sections.
We run an open Gold expedition each year, please check out the Gold expedition page amplifyyouth.co.uk/duke-of-edinburgh/open-dofe-information/