Common programme issues

The DofE Scotland team has been reviewing eDofE over the last few weeks and has picked up some key programme issues that have clarified below:


‘To maintain the integrity and value of Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, they must be independent. Therefore they cannot be a family member of the participant.’ (DofE Handbook p20 para10)


‘While all sports require skill to play, this does not mean they can be used for the Skills section.’ (DofE Handbook p58 para1)


For the physical activity they should choose any sport, dance or fitness activity – in short, anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity (does it get the heart rate going?). However, learning to be a coach in the same sport would be a Skills section activity, whilst being a volunteer coach counts for the Volunteering section.


‘It’s about choosing to give time to do something useful, without getting paid for their time. (DofE Handbook p41 para5)
Pages 46 and 47 give examples of appropriate volunteering activities. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals. Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Volunteering for a family member would not usually be permitted unless taking on a caring role.