The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a national programme for young people aged 14 to 24. It offers participants a chance to experience adventure, develop skills, teamwork and confidence. The DofE award is attractive to employers and can give a CV the competitive edge.
There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. In each, the participant needs to demonstrate growth in four areas, called sections.
Girlguiding is an operating authority for DofE and is provided through Ranger units. If you are a Ranger Leader and interested in offering DofE to your girls, please contact the Duke of Edinburgh Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some useful links…
Duke of Edinburgh – http://www.dofe.org
DofE and Girlguiding – https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/rangers/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award/
Getting started on your DofE award – https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/rangers/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award/get-started-on-your-dofe-award/
Changes from January 2020
Young people volunteering with Girlguiding as part of their DofE Award who are not currently members of Girlguiding, have the role ‘Young External Volunteer’ in GO added to the unit by the Division Commissioner. The starting age for this role has been lowered from 14 to 13 now that many young people start their Bronze Award at 13. The upper age limit is now 18 – young people over 18 need to be assigned an adult volunteering role. Girls who are Guides and are completing their volunteering for their DofE Award will be registered as a Rainbow or Brownie helper on GO with the unit. Girls who are Rangers will be registered as a Young Leader with the unit they support but may only stay in this role for the period of time they need to complete their DofE volunteering. DofE volunteers must be on GO for the unit they support.
If units who have registered DofE expedition leaders working with the girls and wish to run the DofE expedition, this is possible with DofE adjustments for 2020/2021:
On this site, it explains how expeditions can be run with participants returning home for the evening to sleep but camp craft and meals should still take place at the end of day 1 for Bronze and days 1 and 2 for Silver. Risk Assessments for expeditions will need to consider Covid-19 planning and will need to be signed off by myself as DofE Adviser before the expedition can take place. Green Forms continue to replace the REN for expeditions and can be found here:
Please can I ask that DofE leaders planning to run expeditions keep in contact with me at the earliest planning stages - many thanks. As mentioned in January, there are plans in place for DofE expedition training to link into and count as a 'Have Adventure' Skills Builder for Guides and Rangers but this is being developed by the Programme Team at headquarters.
Katie Rawlinson (ex DofE Adviser)