DofE Silver


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an awards programme which gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment.

Key information

Some things to know about Silver are:

  • It’s for ages 15+ or in a school year with a 15+ peer group.

  • It takes place over at least 12 months if the young person is new to DofE, or 6 months if you have already completed your Bronze award.

  • You choose a physical activity and a skill to focus on: developing one for three months and the other for six months.

  • You take on a volunteering opportunity for six months.

  • If you haven’t completed Bronze then you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

  • You go on an expedition for three days (including two overnight stays) in open country terrain.

  • Your achievements link directly to the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award.

  • All activities must be completed by your 25th birthday.

Key skills

The skills that you develop while completing DofE include:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Problem solving

Key contacts

To get started with DofE Silver you can talk to:

  • Your Explorer Leader or District Explorer Scout Commissioner.
  • Your Assistant Regional Commissioner Explorers or Assistant County Commissioner Explorers.
  • Your Regional Advisor for DofE or County Advisor for DofE.

If there are any parts you are unsure of then you can contact the YL training team with any questions.