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Gold Award
  • Once you turn 16 you can start your Gold DofE programme. 

  • If you did a previous level, you can choose the same activity for Gold, but you need to show development in it.  It's best to try something new!

  • Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatization day) and should take place in 'wild country'.

  • The big difference at Gold is you'll also do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know.  It's great fun and a real chance to do something different!

  • It usually takes between 12-24 months to complete your Gold Award dependent on your organisation.

Assessors report will only be accepted when they are either written on your assessors card in your pack (can be downloaded from link below) or via the online form on the dofe website Assessor’s Report - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (

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