Getting started

This is your chance to do something fantastic! A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement, respected by employers.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme, young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications.

To download a digital version of the Welcome Packs please visit: (please note: you do not need your Welcome Pack in order to start the DofE, as everything can be done via the app)

Please find some key information about the DofE here:

Information for parents/carers can be found here:


Download the eDofE app! You will find this process a lot easier and more enjoyable if you have downloaded the app.

eDofE is a digital system where you record your DofE programme and activities online, and get each section approved by your DofE Leader. Once you enrol, your DofE Leader will set up an account for you in eDofE and you will then be sent an email with your log in details. Then you are ready to activate your account and start choosing your activities and setting objectives.

On eDofE you can easily select what you want to do for each section and get your DofE Leader to approve your choices and your Assessor.

You can check your progress throughout your programme and submit evidence in a variety of formats.

You can message your DofE Leader and other participants in your group from within eDofE.

You can also download your DofE discount card from eDofE, giving you savings of at least 10% at our recommended retailers.

Please find more information about it here: