The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

At 2495 squadron, we are heavily involved in D of E and encourage everyone to have a go. You can cover all aspects of the DofE training within the squadron. We do sport and skills, plus cadets itself counts as the volunteering. Below is more information on the Duke of Edinburoughs award which has been taken from the official site.

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.

The table below shows the different age restrictions and time requirements for each level.

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold).

The Sections are:

  • Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
  • Residential (Gold only) - staying and working away from home as part of a team

The length of time you have to spend on each section depends on the level of programme you're doing. For more information, you can go to the DofE website at