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You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in 4 sections (5 if you are doing Gold) These are --- Volunteering --- Physical --- Skills --- Expedition --- Residential. Check here for more information.

You can do --- Bronze age 14 --- Silver age 15 --- or Gold. age 16 --- The Chief Scouts and Kings Scout Awards should be done at the same time. Check the International, Community and Values List in the Awards above. You have until your 25th birthday to complete your Award.

Tips for Leaders

1. First make sure the Explorers/Network members register with us and pay the money before starting on any activities.

2. Make sure your participants go on to edofe and put in their contact details, and have a system of recording what your Explorers/Network members are doing and when they do it, and when they registered.

3. Let your Explorers/Network members decide what they are going to do in the skills, physical and volunteering sections. See here.

4. Ask someone to be the assessor for what they choose.

5. Check the Expeditions requirements and then decide on dates for the practice and qualifying expeditions.(between 1st April and 31st Oct.) Also if doing Gold check the Expedition Areas here.

6. Plan dates for expedition training. Check the requirements for the Expedition here. Also decide on the Expedition Team Goals. Ideas can be found here.

7. Have DofE meetings to check on progress, do training, planning etc..

8. Once they have finished please check here.

Help during the Coronavirus can be found here and information about Expeditions and the DofE Certificate of Achievement here.

For more information on campsites and the d of e award have a look at the weblinks on the
Tameside Explorers site.

Changes in the Bronze Expedition and Welcome Packs.

Check the changes to the Bronze Expedition here.
Check the changes to Welcome Packs here.

Open Expeditions/Training Courses.

For Explorer or Network participants who have not got a group or enough people to do an expedition with, then there are open groups that you could join. Please see DofE Direct here.
For information about Training Courses for Leaders please check the dofe website


All new participants are entered on the eDofE, then participants will receive an email from DofE. Participants must go online and enter their contact details. They will then be sent a Welcome Pack direct to their home by DofE.
Please make sure we have their email or parents email.
Participants can only achieve their award online. For more info. please click

Expedition Assessors

Anyone wanting to assess dofe expeditions has to have completed the EAAS. For this and other courses check here These courses are run either by the DofE, or through Scouting. Check the courses on offer. More info. for Expedition Assessors can be seen here. To do Assessor Reports please click here.
All Assessors have to be reaccredited every 5 years, which is done online in edofe. To get reaccredited you need to have assessed at least 2 expeditions per year over the last 5 years. See here how to request reaccreditation. To be affiliated with the Scouts you need to submit the new form. Please see here for more information.
For gold the assessor needs to be independent of the Unit.
If you need an assessor for your expedition there is an Assessor Directory which you can find here.


Green Forms are not required now, but all DofE Expeditions, both Practice and Qualifying must be approved by the County DofE Advisers. Please email us for the new form.
Please check all the things to consider when planning the Expedition.

There are changes to Expeditions that last until 31/10/23, which you can see here.


If anyone is doing the volunteering in a Scout Group as a Young Leader they have to do Module A plus 2 hours extra training per level. If they are over 18 then they have to do the Getting Started Modules plus 2 hours extra training per level. Please make sure that this training is recorded in edofe.

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