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Are you a Scout, Explorer Scout, Young Leader, Network Scout or Leader under 25 who likes Scouting but is looking for further challenge and a chance to learn some new skills? The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award gives you a chance to do all this, achieving personal goals and working as a team. There are three levels of awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each has similar requirements, but a progressive level of skill and dedication.  As well as being a great adventure, many employers highly regard the award and can give you the edge when looking for work in the future - a very worthwhile attribute to have on your CV or UCAS personal statement. You can find out more about Duke of Edinburgh's Awards here.

What some GLSW DofE participants said

"Doing DofE with Scouts means you're with people who really care about it." (Bronze participant, 2018)

"It's challenging, but really rewarding with an amazing sense of achievement at the end." (Silver participant, 2018)

"We already knew each other a bit, but working as a team for our DofE expedition has really strengthened our friendship." (Gold participant, 2018)


How much does it cost?

Completing DofE through Scouts is excellent value and we have access to very experienced leaders who can deliver a high quality expedition experience at a reasonable price. Registering for the award costs £26 (Bronze and Silver) and £32 (Gold). If you complete your DofE Gold Expedition with GLSW, we will refund this fee in the form of a deduction from the expedition costs.

The cost of completing elements of the award depends very much on the activities you choose. 

The other element to consider is the cost of the expeditions. If you choose to complete your expedition with GLSW Scout County then the approximate costs for 2022 are:

Bronze: £70
Silver: £100
Gold: £390

    For more information on expeditions, see below.

    How do I register?

    You should first speak to your Explorer/Network Leader or your District DofE Coordinator (see below). You will need to meet the age requirements for each level of the award:

    Bronze: Year 9 or above
    Silver: Year 10 or above
    Gold: Age 16 or older

    You must be under 25 to register and must be a member of an Explorer Scout Unit or Scout Network Unit within GLSW.

    To enrol, complete the GLSW DofE Enrolment Form and then email proof of payment to dofe.admin@glswscouts.org.uk

    How do I track my progress?

    Once you are enrolled, you will be sent your eDofE login details. This is where you will keep track of your progress towards your award. You should keep eDofE up-to-date as much as possible as it is the definitive record of what you have achieved.
    When you first log in to eDofE, you will be sent a Welcome Pack in the post which has more information.
    Remember to get an assessor report for every section you complete. Your assessor can complete their report online at dofe.org/assessor (they will need your eDofE ID number).


    You can complete a variety of different types of expedition - walking is the most popular but it is also possible to complete sailing, canoe, horse riding and cycling expeditions. If your Explorer/Network Unit is not arranging an expedition you will need to sign up for an expedition yourself. This can be through Scouting or with another provider. 

    There is more information about GLSW Bronze and Silver expeditions here and GLSW Gold expeditions here. If you are interested in doing your expedition with us, please complete this form.

    How do the DofE Awards link to the top Scouting Awards?

    The Chief Scout's Platinum Award, the Chief Scout's Diamond Award and the Queen's Scout Award have similar requirements to DofE awards and can be completed alongside them. You can complete any of these awards until your 25th birthday. You can find out more about what's required here.

    Adults & Leaders

    If you're an adult interested in supporting DofE in GLSW we'd love to hear from you. Contact dofe.admin@glswscouts.org.uk for more information. There is more details about the roles available with DofE here


    Participants should talk to their Explorer/Network Leader in the first instance.

    County Contacts
    County DofE AdviserMatthew Axbeydofe.admin@glswscouts.org.uk
    ACC (Explorer Scouts)Caroline Sauret
    Jane Pringle
    ACC (Top Awards)Ian Tomblesoni.tombleson@nhs.net
    District DofE Coordinators
    CroydonTony Cracketttony.crackett@ntlworld.com
    SuttonJon Parkerdofe@suttonscouts.org.uk
    Wimbledon & WandleTBCContact County
    Royal KingstonPeter Morrisdofe.kingston@glswscouts.org.uk
    RichmondDave Wrightdave.wright@richmondscouts.org.uk

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