DofE is not part of the Scouting programme as a matter of course, however is very similar in requirements to the Chief Scout’s and Queen Scout’s Awards. Some would argue that DofE holds more weight with employers and Further/Higher Education establishments. Anyone who achieves a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE will be encouraged to complete the small extra requirement to ensure they also receive their Queen/Chief Scout’s Award.
There is a small charge to enrol on each level of the DofE scheme, around £20, which Stannington Explorers will reimburse if you have attended for 3 months or more.
Stannington Explorers are happy to support anyone in our Unit doing their DofE. A couple of simple in-house rules we have are that: an Explorer must show to have made good progress in their other sections before we will support them on their expedition section and, an Explorer must complete one level before Stannington Explorers will support them in the next level (e.g. complete Bronze before starting Silver).