DofE Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for young people aged between 14-25. The Air Training Corps puts more people through the award than any other organisation.

As well as the personal challenge and achievement, the award is look upon very favourably by employers, so is a very strong point on a CV.

The Award programme consists of three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each have different criteria for entry and the level of achievement necessary to complete each award.

Each award is broken down into 4 areas (5 for gold) which participants must complete successfully to receive their award. These are:

Service
Helping others in the local community.

Expeditions
Training for, and planning of a journey.

Skills
Demonstrate ability in almost any hobby, skill or interest.

Physical Recreation
Sport and fitness.

Residential Project
(Gold Award only) A purposeful enterprise with members of the community not previously known to the participant.

The Award is widely recognised by employers as it helps demonstrate that award holders are keen to take on new challenges, have a higher level of self confidence than their counterparts, have leadership qualities with the added experience of teamwork.

DOE – BRONZE AWARD

Cadets must be at least 14 years old to start the Bronze award and can expect it to take a minimum of six months to complete.

To complete the Bronze award, cadets must complete a service, skill, physical recreation and plan & prepare for a 2 day venture.

The minimum age for completing the Bronze award is 14 and a half years. On completion, you will be presented with your award by the Commanding Officer as well as a badge to wear on your uniform.

DOE – SILVER AWARD

Cadets must be at least 15 years old to start the Silver award and can expect it to take a minimum of six months to complete.

To complete the Silver award, cadets must complete a service over 6 months, a skill and physical recreation for a total of nine months and plan & prepare for a 3 day venture

The minimum age for completing the Silver award is 15 and a half years or 16 years for Direct Entrants. On completion, you will be presented with your award by the Commanding Officer as well as a badge to wear on your uniform.

DOE – GOLD AWARD

The Gold award is the highest level in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Cadets must be at least 16 years old to start the award and can expect it to take a minimum of one year to complete.

To complete the Gold award, cadets must complete a service over 12 months, a skill and physical recreation for a total of eighteen months and plan & prepare for a 4 day venture.

In addition, Gold participants must also complete the residential element of the award. This involves undertaking a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights, with people who are not already known to them.

To help you complete this section, the annual summer camps are the ideal opportunity, as many camps take two or more squadrons. This means that you will be working with people you have never come across before.

There are other avenues available if it can be arranged. Other possibilities include youth hostels or sailing ships.

The minimum age for completing the Gold award is 17 years or 17 and a half years for Direct Entrants. On completion, you will be invited to either London or Edinburgh to be presented with your award by a key figure, quite possibly HRH Prince Phillip. You will also be presented with a Gold Award badge to wear on your uniform by the Commanding Officer