Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme. No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.
If you did a previous level, you can choose the same activity for Gold, but you need to show development in it. It’s best to try something new!
You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other – you decide which way round you do it.
Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in ‘wild country’.
The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know. It’s great fun and a real chance to do something different!
If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you’ll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.
For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze