|How long does it take?|
Each section must be done for a minimum period of time for an average of an hour a week over this time. To achieve an Award your son or daughter must show persistence, commitment and personal development.
It’s not something that can be achieved through a short burst of enthusiasm one weekend! However, they may easily fit their DofE activities in around their school, college or work commitments, carrying them out in their own personal time, partly as one of a range of options in supported/core time or as an after-school or lunchtime programme. They may choose to use an activity they are already doing as a DofE activity – or go for something completely new.
Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants. There is no real time limit when it comes to completing a DofE programme. As long as your child is under 25 years old when they complete all their activities in their programme, they’re free to work at a pace that they’re comfortable with to achieve their Award. The chart below shows the minimum time participants must do their programmes for, expressed in months and usually requiring a regular commitment of around an hour a week per section. Direct entrants are young people who have not achieved the previous level of Award.
Bronze (14+ years old)
Silver (15+ years old)
Gold (16+ years old)
Length of time of DofE expeditions