Duke of Edinburgh Award

As a member of The Scout Association you can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as Scouting Awards. This is done through being a member of an Explorer Scout Unit or the Scout Network. The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award and the Queen’s Scout Award have similar requirements to the D of E Bronze, Silver and Gold awards (respectively).

Bronze Award (14 + Years)

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for and
undertake a 2 day, 1 night
expedition.
All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the
Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award (14+ years)

In addition to the above your need to complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts for at least 6 months.
  • Complete 6 nights away as an Explorer Scout of which 4 must be camping. Nights away must be different from any other nights away used in the other sections of this award.
  • Complete 2 activities from the International, Community and Values list. The two activities should come from different areas

Silver Award (15 + Years)

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6
months and the other
section for 3 months
Plan, train for and
undertake a 3 day, 2 night
expedition.
If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award (15+ years)

In addition to the above your need to complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 12 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.
  • Complete 12 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which 8 must be camping. This may include the nights counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award. Nights away must be different fro any other nights away used in the other sections of this award.
  • Complete 4 activities from the list of International, Community and Values activities. This should include at least one from each area of the list and can include the activities completed for the International, Community and Values list as part of the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award.

Gold Award (16 + Years)

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition Residential
12 months One section for
12 months and
the other section
for 6 months
Plan, train for and
undertake a 4 day, 3 night
expedition.
Undertake a
shared activity
in a residential
setting away
from home for
5 days and 4
nights.
If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Queen’s Scout Award (16+ years)

In addition to the above your need to complete the following:

Registration

Register your intention to complete the Award here

Activities (including the membership requirement) can count towards the award from the date of registrations and back dated up to a maximum of 3 months (but not before your 16th birthday)

Membership

Award participants must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 25 years old
  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network (or both) for at least 18 months
  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or Scout Network at the time you complete your awar

Nights Away

Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or Scout Network member, of which at least 12 must be camping.

Nights away used for this requirement must be different nights away undertaken for one of the five challenge activities (such as expedition and residential) or those used for the ICV list, but can include those nights away used for the nights away requirement of the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Chief Scout’s Diamond Awards.

Nights away undertaken as an Explorer Scout Young Leader or by Scout Network members who are also an adult leader in Scouting may count towards this requirement, i.e. a nigh away with a Cub Pack where you volunteer.

International, Community & Values (ICV) List

Complete 6 activities in total, two from each area of the ICV activities list. Click here to view the ICV list for the QSA. A minimum of two must be from the QSA ICV list and the others from any of the QSA or Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond ICV lists.

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, you will have already done 2 activities and will only need to do a further 4 activities.

If you have completed your Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, you will have already done 4 activities and will only need to do a further 2 activities.

Presentation

Make a presentation covering all elements of your award to a suitable audience, with the aim of inspiring and motivating others to achieve the award. The presentation should be the final activity you complete.

Sign-off

Each  requirement  needs  to  be  signed  off  by  an  assessor,  this  is   someone  who  can  vouch  for  the  activities  you  have undertaken and provide some basic evidence (a short statement) about your participation. This is often your Explorer Leader or your  District  Scout  Network  Commissioner.  However,  assessors  can  be anyone  who  has  witnessed  the  activities  you  have undertaken for the specific requirement.

Once  you  have  completed  all  of  the  above  requirements,  a Commissioner  (appropriate to the section you  are a member of) must approve  your  award  as  complete. For more information, see the support material for this award.

Why Do Both?

Why not? By registering for the DofE and Scouting Awards you can gain twice the recognition for the efforts you put in. Both Scouting and DofE awards are recognised by employers, colleges and universities.

What Happens When I Move From Explorers To Network?

As far as the DofE is concerned, just keep working towards it. The person who supports you through the Award may change but what you need to do is the same.

Award Sections

Service

This section aims to encourage Service to individuals and to the community. This needs to be voluntary and may require some training in order to complete this section effectively. This section could include: helping with Cubs as a Young Leader, being a member of a campsite service crew, leading outdoor activities as an instructor as well as many other ideas.

Skill

This section aims to encourage the discovery and development of practical and social skills and personal interests. The activity you chose should allow you to show progression and sustained interest over a period of time in your chosen skill. This section could include: learning to drive, IT, DJ ing, Committee Skills, Circus skills as well as many other ideas.

Physical Recreation

This section aims to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity. The activity you chose should be physically demanding as well as being enjoyable. This section could include: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Football, Sailing, Swimming as well as many other ideas.

Expedition

This section aims to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery by preparing for and carrying out an adventurous journey as part of a Team. The journey should be in the countryside or on the water, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

Residential Project

This section aims to broaden young people’s experiences through involvement with others in a residential setting. The project should have some form of purpose and be in an unfamiliar environment with people you don’t already know.