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How do I get started?

So you're interested in starting your own programme and achieving an Award?  Congratulations, you're about to start an adventure you’ll never forget!

First stop is to find your nearest DofE centre.  It may be in your school, college, youth group or company.  If you're not sure, when you've finished looking around this site, get in touch with your local Licensed Organisation.

Once you’ve found your centre you’ll need to complete an enrolment form and pay a small DofE participation fee (plus possibly a small extra charge for admin and support, added by the DofE centre - they should tell you what this is).  Congratulations, you're now a DofE participant!

What happens next?

Now, you can start choosing what activities you want to do - although you don't have to wait until you get your Welcome Pack before you start planning your programme.

Remember - tell your Leader about your plans so you don't waste time on activities which won't count or don't fit into the right section.  Once everything is agreed and in place you’re ready to start your adventure.  Good luck and have fun!