The award consists of various sections which the participants require to plan, complete, record and then following assessment have it signed off. The leaders are there to advise so please ask.

Find ideas on or see what is popular locally Use our Activity Log sheet or Cookery Diary, an app or something similar to track your activity on each section. Your Assessor must write a short report of what you did, when and where including start and end dates
Agree who will act as your assessor (not a family member)Gather additional evidence such as photos, certificates etc.The report can be written in your Duke of Ed booklet, an email, a letter or directly online at
Complete a program plan for each section on including your aims and goalsUpload all evidence to


The volunteering activity must be:

  • with a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation (not a business)
  • sports coaching, helping at Brownies, helping in a charity shop, making sandwiches for homeless people, fundraising for a charity, youth club, environmental projects


The skill must be:

  • a personal challenge and not part of your school timetable
  • playing a musical instrument, cooking/baking, driving, model making, knitting, drawing, jewellery making, photography


The physical activity must be:

  • a personal challenge and demonstrate progress
  • swimming, table tennis, walking, cycling, basketball, badminton, tennis, snow sports, athletics, running, keep fit, martial arts, football, rugby, netball


The expedition is the main part of the award for which training is provided as it is critical that participants are competent in the mode of travel. The training provided will cover areas including:

  1. First aid, emergency and safety
  2. Navigation
  3. Campcraft
  4. Food and cooking
  5. Access
  6. Aim, presentation and evaluation
  7. Team building

Residential (Gold only)

Gold participants are required to spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before.