Explorer & Network Scout Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh's AwardCheltenham Scouts empower young people to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the accompanying Scout Awards. The DofE is a valuable asset in later life as employers recognise the challenge and commitment the awards require. By doing your DofE you also complete most elements of the Chief Scout’s Awards or the Queen’s Scout Award.

Register for DofE by filling out the DofE Registration Form (also as a PDF) and returning to County along with payment (further details on form). Bronze: £22.00, Silver: £22.00, Gold: £28.00 (please note the increase as of 4th August 2015).

Have you spotted already that the DofE Award on it’s own is not sufficient for a Chief Scout’s Award or the Queen’s Scout Award? The Scouting equivalent of the DofE Award requires additional challenge that takes the shape of completing activities of your choice. Many find the sense achievement overwhelming when they complete their Chief Scout’s Award or the Queen’s Scout Award.

DofE Group Woggle

DofE Support Unit
4th Thursday of the month, 7:30–9:30
1st Prestbury Scout HQ, The Burgage, Prestbury, GL52 3DN
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Where can I get help with my DofE and Scout Awards?

Caro McIntosh (District DofE Adviser) <[email protected] (click to reveal address)> and Paddy Langham (District Explorer Scout Commissioner) <[email protected] (click to reveal address)> are always available to advise any person working towards the DofE Award within Scouting in Cheltenham (whether an Explorer Scout or direct entrant). Explorer Scouts can also contact their Unit Leader for advice and Scout Network members can contact Mark Doyle (District Scout Network Commissioner) <[email protected] (click to reveal address)>.

DofE Support Unit

For all those doing (or thinking about doing) DofE, Chief Scout’s and Queen’s Scout Awards. Open to parents, Explorers and Network.

DofE Support Unit →

The DofE and Scout Awards

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award contributes to the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award (minimum start age normally 14).

Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award contributes to the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award (minimum start age normally 15).

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award contributes to the Queen’s Scout Award (minimum start age normally 16).

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award

Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award

  • Volunteering: Minimum of 3 months*
  • Skills: Minimum of 3 months*
  • Physical: Minimum of 3 months*
  • Expedition: Plan, Prepare for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night venture (including report back)

* An additional 3 months activity (i.e. a minimum of 6 months) must be spent in one of these options.

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award

Chief Scout's Platinum Award

Chief Scout’s Platinum Award

  • Complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award
  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts / Scout Network for a minimum of 6 months
  • Complete 6 nights away (at least 4 must be camping)
  • Complete two activities as an Explorer Scout from the “IEV” (International, Environmental and Values) list (each activity should be from a different section).
    The IEV list →

Full requirements →

Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award

Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award

  • Volunteering: Minimum of 6 months
  • Skills: Minimum of 3 months*
  • Physical: Minimum of 3 months*
  • Expedition: Plan, Prepare for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night venture in open country (including report back)

* An additional 3 months activity (i.e. a minimum of 6 months) must be spent in one of these options.
Please note: direct entrants (those not having completed DofE Bronze) must extend their Volunteering or the longer of their Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award

Chief Scout's Diamond Award

Chief Scout’s Diamond Award

  • Complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award
  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts / Scout Network for a minimum of  12 months (can include Platinum time)
  • Complete 12 nights away (at least 8 must be camping) (can include Platinum time)
  • Complete two activities as an Explorer Scout from the “IEV” (International, Environmental and Values) list (each activity should be from a different list and must be different to the Platinum activities).
    The IEV list →

Full requirements →

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

  • Volunteering: Minimum of 12 months
  • Skills: Minimum of 6 months*
  • Physical: Minimum of 6 months*
  • Expedition: Plan, Prepare for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night venture in wild country (including report back)
  • Residential: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights

* An additional 6 months activity (i.e. a minimum of 12 months) must be spent in one of these options.
Please note: direct entrants (those not having completed DofE Silver) must extend either their Volunteering or the longer of their Physical or Skills sections to 18 months.

Queen’s Scout Award

Queen's Scout Award

Queen’s Scout Award

  • Complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award
  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts / Scout Network for a minimum of 18 months (includes Platinum/Diamond time)
  • Complete 18 nights away (at least 12 must be camping) (includes Platinum/Diamond time)
  • Complete two activities as an Explorer Scout from the “IEV” (International, Environmental and Values) list (each activity should be from a different list and different to both Platinum and Diamond activities).
    The IEV list →

On completion of all the above items a presentation should be made to a suitable audience demonstrating your achievements so far in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.

Newly awarded Queen’s Scouts are invited, each year, to parade at Windsor Castle on St. George’s Day in the presence of the Royal Family.

Full requirements →