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Register for the Silver DofE Award

Continue your Duke of Edinburgh's experience with the Silver Award. You can register for the Silver Award if you are currently in the academic year that you turn 15 years old (year 10).

Silver Award Registration

Registration for the Silver Award costs £149 which equates to less than £5 a training session.

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 includes weekly evening expedition training sessions which run from November through to July.

Our expedition training sessions are mainly focused on learning expedition skills - everything from camp craft to navigation and route planning. These sessions prepare you for the Expedition section of the award. We will also provide you with one to one support with eDofE. The Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections are completed in the participants own time.

Start dates

Every autumn term we kick start the new intake of DofE participants on their journey. Sessions are run at seven different locations across Essex and are held on a regular basis, which is how it differs from our virtual programme. You can register at any point on the award to make a start on the physical, skills and volunteering sections, but all participants registered made after January 31st 2020 will begin their expedition training from the autumn term in 2020. Evening sessions run weekly/fortnightly during term time only and run through to the summer term.

Check out our virtual DofE programme and complete your expedition in summer 2020


  • Chapel Street Youth Centre, Braintree – Thursday evenings 7.00pm
  • The Hermit Youth Centre, Brentwood – Monday evenings 7.00pm
  • Chelmer Gate Youth Centre, Chelmsford (Bronze Award only) – Wednesday evenings 7.00pm
  • Galleywood Youth Centre, Chelmsford (Silver and Gold only) – Tuesday evenings 7.30pm
  • Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre, Colchester (Bronze Award only) – Monday evenings 7.30pm
  • Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre, Colchester (Silver Award only) – Monday evenings 7.00pm
  • Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre, Colchester (Gold Award only) – Monday evenings 4.30pm
  • Hadleigh Youth Centre, Hadleigh – Tuesday evenings 7.00pm
  • Hare Street Youth Centre, Harlow – Tuesday evenings 7.00pm
  • Loughton Youth Centre, Loughton – Monday evenings 7.00pm


What's involved

Volunteer in the community: 6 months

You'll volunteer about 1 hour a week doing something to help your community. For example, you could help your local Scout group, football club or center for people with disabilities. 

Do a physical activity: 3 or 6 months

Push your physical boundaries by setting yourself a challenge. You could look to increase your running distance or master your back-hand in tennis. Set yourself a goal and go for it by committing on average one hour a week.

Develop a skill: 3 or 6 months

Dive into a new skill you've always wanted to learn, or continue to master a skill you’re currently working on. You could learn the guitar or master a foreign language for an average of one hour a week.
Either your physical or skills section require a 6 month commitment. You decide what you want to focus on. If you haven’t completed the Bronze Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the volunteering or the longer of the physical or skills sections.

Hiking expedition: 3 days /2 nights

Hike the hills and peaks in the beautiful Peak District or Brecon Beacons. As part of a team you’ll plan your route and the equipment and food you’ll need for 3 days and 2 nights. You’ll use your camp craft knowledge, communication, leadership and teamwork skills. The practice and qualifying expedition take place in the spring and summer.

Indicative costs

  • Award registration: £149
  • Training day: indicative cost £15
  • Practice expedition: indicative cost £120
  • Qualifying expedition: indicative cost £150

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