The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

With the widest reach of any UK youth charity, 270,000 young people (50,000 are from disadvantaged backgrounds) undertake inspiring DofE programmes to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards every year.

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they are from, participants just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and to realise that there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass them by.

Participants can do programmes at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They achieve an award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections: Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition (plus Residential if they are going for Gold).

They will find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). But the best bit is that they get to choose what they do.

Since it began in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds.

To date, the award has helped 6 million people in the UK and, thanks to over 120 sister organisations, 3 million internationally. Its commitment, efforts and results were recognised in 2006, during its 50th Anniversary, when her Majesty the Queen granted it Royal Charter status.

With our Expedition Provision programme, all expedition training is in line with the DofE's Expedition Training Framework and uses their EX2 Interactive Expedition Training Resource as well as Memory-Map Ordnance Survey mapping software.

Alternatively, if you already have a Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme running in your school, college or youth organisation but would like some additional help with training, supervising or assessing for the Expedition section, we are able to provide qualified and experienced instructors to assist you. Exact costs will depend on the details of the programme that you would like us to provide and on your location, but typical costs are £180.00 plus VAT per instructor per day plus expenses. Zest for Adventure is a DofE Approved Activity Provider for Expeditions.

DofE Gold Expedition - The Dark Peak District - Here they Come
Staff Training - Inner Hebrides - Sea Kayak Camping