Duke of Edinburgh Award

Your DofE programme is a real adventure.

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.  You just need to be aged between 14 and 24.

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.


Volunteering Physical Skills


3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train
for and complete a
2 day, 1 night expedition

All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section.

You can start all 4 sections at the same time OR you can start each section at a different time.

There is a massive choice of activities that count towards DofE programmes. You can select practically any activity you want – as long as it’s
legal and morally acceptable.

  • Activities are placed in specific sections for   a reason.
  • You need to choose activities you are going to enjoy.
  • Activities could be something that you are already doing or perhaps one you’ve always wanted to try.

You can find lots of information, helpful lists and a catogory finder on the DofE website including information about their online system where you can record your DofE programme and activities, and prove what you’ve done in loads of different ways.


  • Volunteering: Help out at a nursery or playgroup once a week for a term.
  • Physical: Take part in Boxing Club for a term and work towards gaining a boxing award/medal.
  • Skills: Learn to play a musical instrument OR improve an existing musical skill.
  • Expedition: The first opportunity to do this will be in the summer term, and the expedition will be 2 days canoeing and 1 night camping.



  • Helping people
  • Community action and raising awareness
  • Coaching, teaching and leadership
  • Working with the environment or animals
  • Helping a charity or community organisation


  • Team sports
  • Individual sports
  • Water sports
  • Racquet sports
  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Extreme sports
  • Martial arts


  • Creative arts
  • Performance arts
  • Science and technology
  • Care of animals
  • Music
  • Life skills
  • Learning and collecting
  • Media and communication
  • Natural world


Aim : To develop initiative and a  sense of adventure and  discovery, by planning,  training for and completing  an adventurous journey as part of a team.

Timescale:  2 days and 1 night (Bronze) – at least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)

Preperation: 1 morning (probably a Thursday) a week for 8 weeks at Albany Park and a member of Malden Oaks staff will accompany you.


  • –Navigation
  • –First Aid
  • –Expedition Camping Skills
  • –Equipment and cooking
  • –Paddling skills ( in a 2 man open canoe)

Practice Expedition:

  • Will take place during the summer term, Thursday morning to Friday afternoon.
  • 1 day canoeing along the Thames, then 1 night camping then a 2nd day canoeing.
  • The team must have 4 or 6 members.
  • Designed to ensure the team is ready for assessment.

Qualifying Expedition:

  • Will take place during the summer term, Thursday morning to Friday afternoon.
  • The team will be assessed by an accredited DofE Assessor


  • The team will give a presentation to a group of their choice eg tutor group.
  • The presentation will describe their experience and inspire others to want to participate.


  • Fill in Enrolment Form and get your parent/carer to sign it.
  • Hand it in to your tutor.
  • You will receive a log in so that you can access your D of E account.
  • Talk to your tutor about which section you want to start first.
  • Log your ‘programme planner’ and start your award…….