Costs and timescales
The DofE endeavours to keep your costs down so the current Welcome Pack, which includes the participation fee, is £20 for the Bronze Award, £20 for Silver and £27 for Gold. There may be additional costs for activities and Licensed Organisations that run the DofE, such as schools, may add a small fee to cover their costs, expedition/transport costs etc.. If a school, club or whatever charges you more than this, it is because they include additional costs to them, such as administration costs etc. They MUST tell you of any additional costs and what they cover.
Everyone receives a DofE Reward Card to get discounts on things like kit and expeditions don’t need to be expensive.
Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.