Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is coordinated in South Yorkshire by Helen Cook, County DofE Advisor. Each year, Guides & Rangers in county undertake their expeditions at bronze, silver and gold level and work towards completing their award.

If you would like more information about completing your DofE please contact Helen at DofE@girlguidingsouthyorkshire.org.uk 

You can enrol onto the award using the enrolment form link at the top of this page.

What does the DofE involve?

To complete your DofE you must undertake several activities, one from each of the following categories: volunteering, physical, skill and expedition (plus the residential section at gold level only). Each activity should be completed for around one hour per week and you can complete them all at once or one after the other. See the diagram below which details how long you have to complete each activity for and how old you have to be to start each level of the award:

What sort of activities can I take part in?

There are a huge number of activities you can complete for each section of the award. You can use an activity you already participate in or you could try something completely new. Examples include:

  • Volunteering: helping at a Girlguiding unit, supporting a charity, litter picking or helping in the local library
  • Physical: swimming, gym work, dance, gymnastics
  • Skill: baking, photography, playing a musical instrument, vlogging, playing chess.
  • See the ideas listed here https://www.dofe.org/do/ideas/ for further inspiration.

How do I complete each section?

You will receive training and guidance on how to complete your award but the skill, volunteering and physical sections must be organised and completed independently. The expedition section is organised by the county and you will attend two expeditions at each level of the award: a practice expedition and a qualifying expedition where you will be assessed by a DofE accredited assessor to ensure you successfully complete the expedition section. You will work in an expedition team of between 4 – 7 girls who are all working on the same level of the award. You may have a team from your Guide or Ranger unit who would like to complete the award together or you may complete the award as an individual and work in a team with girls from across the county – it is a great way to make new friends! This picture shows some girls from South Yorkshire receiving their gold award at St James’ Palace, London.