The D of E scheme is open to anyone aged between 14 and 25. There are three levels to complete, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The higher the award the more work required and the greater the sense of achievement when you pass.
Each award has four sections which you will need to complete:
- Physical Recreation
In addition, the Gold award has an extra section – The Residential Experience.
Each Award takes on average one year to complete, although you can take as long as you like to complete them so long as you finish it by the time you are 25!
Why do the D of E?
The D of E Scheme allows you to try out new activities, meet new people, explore new places and most of all prove that you can take on a challenge!
The D of E Awards are recognised by colleges, universities and employers. If you have any D of E Awards you will stand out from the crowd, so it’s well worth completing them.
In addition, the new Explorer Badge Scheme is centred around the D of E Scheme. Once you have completed the Bronze Award you need only do a couple of traditional Scouting activities and you will have completed the Platinum Chief Scouts Award as well.
What Can I Do For My Award?
Often you will already be doing something that can count towards your Award. For example if you already play a musical instrument you can use this as your skill as long as you can show you have improved over the appropriate time period. Many people however use the D of E scheme as an opportunity to try out something new, discover new talents and learn new skills.
To give you an idea of what you can do here’s some examples of what D of E participants are currently undertaking:
|Spanish||Running a basketball club for young people||Climbing|
|Model Making||Life Saving||Cycling|
|DJ’ing||Being a Young Leader with a Cub Pack||Swimming|
|Learning to drive||Running a children’s play scheme||Yoga|
|Website Design||Working on a campsite service crew||Gym workouts|
Whether it’s a traditional craft or a new sport craze, we can make a program for you!
A Pick and Mix Award
You design your own Award and work through it at your own pace. So if you want to DJ for your skill, hang glide for your physical recreation or be a Young Leader at your old Cub Pack for your service, we’ll help you find the right assessor and work through your Award until you finish it, providing as little or as much support as you need.
The D of E Award Scheme is supposed to be a challenge to all who undertake it, however more importantly it is supposed to be enjoyable!
You set your own goals and as long as you can show you have aimed to complete these goals and have shown improvement along the way, you will achieve your Award.
So What Do I Do Now?
Whether you want more information on the Award, or want to sign up and ‘Take the Challenge’, the first step is to contact me, Peter Banks. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I can provide you with general information about the scheme, send you D of E info sheets, help you decide what activities you would like to do for the Award, put you in touch with your District D of E advisor, and help you keep on track with your award.
What If I need Help With The Award?
If you have any questions or difficulties with the Award you can email email@example.com
In addition I am available most evenings for a ‘D of E Drop In’. Just email me and we will set a date – a place – and a time.
If you can please let me know in advance what you need to talk about. This ensure that I will try to find the answer and get the necessary leaflets to help you out.
All D of E Award participants are required to undertake expedition training before they are allowed to go out on their practice and final expeditions. Expedition Training is provided by the District Explorer Scout Leaders.
To complete the Expedition Section of your Award you need to pass a practice and a final expedition. Assessors have been arranged to enable groups to complete these expeditions.
Any Explorer who is working as a Young Leader to complete their Service section of an Award must complete the appropriate Young Leader training modules i.e. for the Bronze Award you must complete Module A plus any other three modules.
Any member who is over 18 and is undertaking service with a Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer Unit must undertake Adult Leader training.
For more information visit www.dofe.org