DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is available to all cadets. Many cadets who
have started the scheme at school find that ATC can provide the facilities to
complete the award.
Each award is broken down into 4 areas (5 for gold), which participants must
complete successfully to receive their award. These are:-
- Helping others in the local community.
- Training for, and planning of a journey.
- Demonstrate ability in almost any hobby,
skill or interest
Physical Recreation - Sport, dance and fitness.
Residential Project (Gold Award only) A purposeful
enterprise with young people not previously known to the participant.
The Awards are recognised by many employers as an indication that the
individual is keen to undertake challenges.
a cadet in the Air Training Corps many activities available to you can count
towards your award. The first step to taking part is to register. A link to
the registration form is here.
For more information on the Award click here
or go to the Duke of Edinburgh Award website click here
Old style DofE badges
Training DofE badges
the Progressive Training Syllabus introduced in February 2017 cadets can now
achieve a Pre-DofE Award and be awarded a blue
badge on completion. The Pre-DofE Award has similar
sections to complete as the other awards though the skill section and expedition
section are theory based on the First Class syllabus. The Blue award is open to all enrolled cadets.
must be at least 14 years old to start the Bronze award and can expect it to
take a minimum of six months to complete.
To complete the Bronze award, cadets must complete a service, skill, physical
recreation and plan & prepare for a 2 day venture.
Based on an average of 1 hour per week, a cadet must actively take part in a
service, skill and physical recreation for 3 months. These can of course run
alongside each other and do not have to run concurrently.
must be at least 15 years old to start the Silver award and can expect it to
take a minimum of six months to complete. This timeframe is extended for
cadets starting the award scheme at this level (Direct Entrant), to 1 year.
To complete the Silver award, cadets must complete a service over 6 months, a
skill and physical recreation for a total of nine months (cadets can choose
to do either for 6 months and the other for 3 months) and plan & prepare
for a 3 day venture, while Direct Entrants must undertake an additional 6
months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical
The Gold award is the highest level in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Cadets must be at least 16 years old to start the award and can expect it to
take a minimum of one year to complete. This timeframe is extended for cadets
starting the award scheme at this level (Direct Entrant), to one and a half
To complete the Gold award, cadets must complete a service over 12 months, a
skill and physical recreation for a total of eighteen months (cadets can
choose to do either for 12 months and the other for 6 months) and plan &
prepare for a 4 day venture, while Direct Entrants must undertake an
additional 6 months in either the service or the longer of the skills or
In addition, Gold participants must also complete the residential element of
the award. This involves undertaking a shared activity in a residential
setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights, with people who are not
already known to them.
To help cadets complete this section, the annual summer camps are the ideal
opportunity, as many camps take two or more squadrons. This means that the
participant will be working with people they have never come across before.
There are other avenues available if the cadet or his award leader can
arrange it. Other possibilities include youth hostels or sailing ships.
of Edinburgh Expedition RAF Portreath 2013