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Register for the Gold DofE Award

Complete your Duke of Edinburgh's experience with the Gold Award. You have to be at least 16 years old to take part. Sessions start from Autumn term.

Gold Award Registration

Registration for the Gold Award costs £159.

This registers you as a participant on The DofE Award which gives you a eDofE number and welcome pack so you can begin recording your activities. Registration also includes weekly expedition training sessions which run from November through to July* the following year. *Approximate training season

What's involved

Volunteer in the community: 12 months

Understand what life is like for others in your community by volunteering one hour a week. You could take part in fundraising, coach at your local Guide group or help clean up a local beach.

Do a physical activity: 6 or 12 months

Take your sport to the next level or try something new. Popular sports include water polo, martial arts, archery, rock climbing, even tap dancing. The options are endless.

Develop a skill: 6 or 12 months

Learning a new skill improves self-esteem and confidence. And you never know, it may turn into your chosen career. Commit on average one hour a week to practice your skill.

Either your physical or skills section require a 12 month commitment. You decide what you want to focus on.

If you haven’t completed the Silver Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the volunteering or the longer of the physical or skills sections. 

Hiking expedition: 4 days/3 nights

The Gold expedition takes perseverance, commitment and endurance. You’ll be with your friends hiking, cooking and camping in the great outdoors for 4 days and 3 nights. The practice and qualifying expedition take place in the spring and summer.

Stay away on a residential trip: 5 days/4 nights

On a residential trip you could help rebuild footpaths with the National Trust, teach people English at a language school, work abroad in a summer camp for children, build a school in Africa or learn to snowboard in Scotland.

Indicative costs

  • Award registration: £159
  • Practice expedition: indicative cost £250
  • Qualifying expedition: indicative cost £300

Costs can vary at the time of booking due to the mode of transport, staff numbers and campsite costs.


You can take part at venues across Essex:

Get in touch

If you need more information, email