The Skills section is all about developing practical and social skills and personal interests. By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also boost your self esteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge. If this isn’t enough, it should also be good fun too!

From podcasting to playing a musical instrument, fine art to website design, there’s an endless list of the types of skills you can do, so have a chat with your Leader and other people in your community to find out what’s on offer!

What do you need to do next?

  • Find out what you need to do in detail, including the process and timescales, on our Skills requirements page
  • Check out the ideas in each of the skills categories of activity using the links below. Remember – you need to get your Leader to agree your choice and make sure it fits our requirements for the Skills section. 
  • programme_ideas_-_skills
  • programme planner – Skills
  • Develop a plan for a programme which is specific and relevant to you
  • Once you’ve got your activity, Assessor and goals sorted, set up your plan in eDofE, get your Leader to approve them – and you’re good to go!
  • Keep track of what you do using a Skills activity log.

Good luck and have fun!

Got a question on this section? Go here…


Skills section categories



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