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You could be achieving more with Duke of Edinburgh

The Explorer Scout programme is now 5 years old, yet disappointingly not many of you are gaining your Chief Scout's Awards and/or Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These awards are part of your on-going Explorer Scout progressive training.

The main awards of The Chief Scout's Platinum, Chief Scout's Diamond and The Queen's Scout Award are linked to a Duke of Edinburgh Award. If you haven't already done so, you should consider registering for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award now. It will give you extra recognition for your achievements in Scouting.

To obtain a Chief Scout's Awards or The Queen's Scout Award you need to either hold the DofE Award at the appropriate level or complete four challenges. The four challenges for each of the main Awards are exactly the same as the sections of the D of E Awards, namely:

Skills Physical Recreation Service Expedition

There is an extra challenge of a five-day residential experience for The Queen's Scout Award (and Gold DofE Award).

So, for the sake of a few pounds for purchasing a DofE Record Book, you can have two Awards instead of one, hence a BOGOF, i.e. you get the Chief Scout Award automatically without having to repeat all those challenges. There are just three more challenges for the appropriate Scout Award: 1) completing a number of nights away, and 2 & 3) completing two challenges, one from either of the International, Environment or Values list to be found on pages 70-71 of the Explorer Scout Navigator file. If you are doing your DofE through your school, you can still claim your appropriate C.S. or Q.S. Award on presentation of your DofE certificate. Tell your Explorer Scout Leader and register the fact with your District DofE Adviser. Read more on the County website

Go on, go for it. You will not regret it when you are applying for University or employment when you present your certificates for the Awards you have gained, but you may come to regret never having done it later in life.

Duke of Edinburgh award scheme The training requirements for young people choosing to do the DofE volunteering section within Scouting have been updated to meet the revised criteria for this section. The new requirements are for under 18's to complete Module A of the Young Leaders Scheme and two hours of training at each level. Details here

If you need any help getting started, talk to your Explorer Scout Leader, or contact the County D of E Advisor