Aimed at Explorer and Network Scouts, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award counts towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum, Diamond or Queen’s Scout Award.

This whether participation in the DofE is with the Scouts, but also with any other Licenced Organisation with the achievement fully recognised in Scouting. Badges for the highest Award achieved can be worn on the Explorer or Network uniform and if a Gold Award, even Adult uniform. The Scout Association is one of the largest Licenced Organisations running the DofE Awards, and Hertfordshire Scouts operate the Award under the TSA Licence. 2016 has seen the completion of over 70 awards, with one of the Gold Awards achieved during October 2016 being the 100th Gold Award in our internal recording system. This compares pretty well with the corresponding (reported) Scouting Awards – see below figures!


  • Bronze DofE: 45
  • Silver DofE: 20
  • Gold DofE: 9

CSA reported

  • Chief Scout’s Platinum: 4
  • Chief Scout’s Diamond: 4
  • Queen’s Scout: 7

For many participants the favourite part of the DofE program is the Expedition section. As County Advisor, I see all sports of Expeditions, taking place all over the country and even beyond. This year’s highlight was probably one completed in the French Pyrenees, but wherever they take place, the challenge is usually competed with relish.

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