Achieving and celebrating your Award

Once you’ve completed your programme, you need to make sure:

  • You’ve done all your sections for the minimum time required, for an average of an hour a week (or the required timescale for your expedition)
  • You’ve uploaded all your evidence to eDofE
  • Your Assessors have provided reports/comments on your activity, how you met your goals and how you have progressed, and you have added them into eDofE

Whether you’ve submitted each section for approval as you’ve gone along, or are submitting them all at the end, your Leader will check and approve them in eDofE. Once they’ve approved your final section they will then send it to your Licensed Organisation (LO) who will check everything is in order.

All being well you will be told that you’ve achieved your Award – congratulations!

For your Bronze and Silver Award you’ll receive your certificate and badge locally – ask your Leader where this will be. It could be at school, in your group or at a larger local presentation.

Certificate frames are available to purchase in Bronze, Silver or Gold for young people who have achieved any of the three Award levels – or proudly display the set with all three!

Achieving a Gold Award

On completion of your Gold programme, you must complete the Gold Award Form on eDofE. (or if not yet using eDofE, complete a Gold notification form (downloadable from this page)). Printed forms should be sent to your Leader who will sign it and send it to your LO and DofE Regional/ Country office to authorise. Forms submitted through eDofE will go through automatically.

Your LO will send you your badge or brooch (your choice!). Your DofE Office will pass your details to Head Office who will arrange for you to be invited to a national Gold Award presentation (GAP) to get your Gold Award certificate.

If you choose to attend a GAP, you’ll be rubbing shoulder with royalty because you’ll receive your certificate in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) or HRH The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) at a royal palace. All sounds very grand doesn’t it!

Here are what the Gold Award badge and brooch look like, with the cloth pouch they are sent in:

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