Information from The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for parents, guardians and carers

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We start off with a cheerful picture which was the overall winner in our We Are DofE Photo Competition last year, entitled Sheep traffic jam and taken by DofE volunteer Jonny Crutchley, based in Northern Ireland. You can view the winning entries here...


We hope the following information will help you to guide and motivate your child through their DofE programme. The challenge of the DofE is often one that young people cannot meet entirely on their own, and your support will help them achieve something really special.

You can help us

Young people doing their DofE show great commitment in achieving their Award, but we know this wouldn’t be possible without you.


If you enjoy being involved in your son or daughter’s DofE journey and want to help others or if you think you might like to continue your involvement with the DofE once your son or daughter's programme is over, why not consider becoming a volunteer?


There is a range of roles available. Ask your local DofE centre for more information and to find out about volunteering opportunities.

Amber turns Gold

Amber was having problems at school. She had been a voluntary mute for many years and teachers could not extract a word from her. It changed when she was persuaded to undertake her Gold DofE. She quickly came out of her shell and ended up speaking in front of people. Her teachers noticed her school work dramatically improve as a result.


“The DofE has really benefitted me over the last year. I feel like I have grown as a person. Sometimes it has been hard, but it has all been worth it. I would definitely recommend the DofE to those who really want to challenge themselves.”

DofE Challenge 2017

Did you or your child enter our DofE Diamond Challenge last year? Well, a new year brings a new challenge...

We’ve got some exciting news coming in April 2017!

Like our Facebook page and make sure you keep up to date..

DofE Challenge Facebook page

DofE Interactive Kit List
The DofE has just launched a new FREE online tool for participants to create and personalise their expedition kit list on mobile, laptop or tablet.

The DofE Interactive Kit List also features a digital version of the DofE Reward Card. Be sure to get your child to sign up to access theirs!
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Find an opportunity

Many parents are worried that their child will not be able to complete their DofE programme if they are unable to make the expedition planned by their group.

Our Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) are inspected and authorised by the DofE and often run 'open expeditions'. These are perfect for individuals wanting to join with other participants in the same situation as themselves.

Try it here
Thank you!

The DofE’s Diamond Anniversary year was an amazing success.


Many of you became part of the 14,000 who stepped out of their comfort zones and banded together to raise over £1million through the DofE Diamond Challenge to help us change the lives of even more young people across the UK.


As a thank you for your support and commitment throughout our Diamond Anniversary celebrations, we created this film - we hope you enjoy it!

Watch the film
DofE Direct

Is your son or daughter part way through their Gold programme but has left the school or organisation they were doing it through? Or perhaps they want to do Gold but their centre doesn't offer it?


The DofE recently launched DofE Direct - a new way for young people aged 18-23 to achieve a Gold Award independently. This enables young people to do their Gold DofE programme if they haven’t got a local DofE group or the centre they are in doesn’t offer Gold.

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Last summer we asked young people doing their DofE how they’d like to capture their DofE experience once they’ve achieved their Award. The resounding response from our survey was that young achievers are looking for something of use that fits with their lifestyle and helps them in the future. A clothing memento was chosen by the majority of respondents, answered by our extended Achievers’ range of personalised hoodies, tops, t-shirts and polo shirts.


A formal record of achievement was the next most popular choice that young people could share with potential employers, colleges and universities, as evidence of their Award. We’re currently looking into options for this, along with other templates, to support young people in their next steps and to complement the wealth of information already available on the LifeZone.


In our digital world young people document their lives on a daily, if not minute by minute, basis through social media,  So it’s no surprise that  fewer than 1% of achievers choose to create an Achievement Pack through eDofE.   With the above in mind we’ll be turning off the dated Achievement Pack functionality in eDofE at the end of March 2017 to invest in developments that young people have told us they want; we’ll keep you updated with our plans.

Save 15% at Cotswold Outdoor on kit and more!

The DofE Reward Card is a fantastic FREE benefit for participants and their families, giving you a 15% discount not just on expedition kit, but also outdoor clothing, accessories and even holiday essentials at Cotswold Outdoor.
Your child should have received their Reward Card in their Welcome Pack. If they didn’t receive one or need a replacement, you can apply for a new one here. You can get a half price Vango Trek sleep mat when you buy a Vango Contour rucksack – find out how to claim here. Offer expires 26 March – then a new offer will start. Find out how to claim and all offer details here.

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Win vouchers towards expedition kit!

Enter our FREE termly prize draw for your chance to win £1,500 worth of Cotswold Outdoor vouchers for the school/DofE centre you are associated with, plus an extra £250 worth for your son or daughter for expedition.

Enter here for your chance to win.

Closing date: 18 April 2017


Remember to visit our DofE Shopping site for great discounts on travel, insurance, computers and more, plus there are always competitions to win some great prizes from our partners.

Enter here

Thank you again for supporting your child through their DofE programme. A DofE Award will surely benefit them in the future. As our founder and Patron, HRH The Prince Philip, said: "The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is what I like to call a do-it-yourself growing up kit.”


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