Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What do you have to do to achieve the Silver DofE Award?

It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

– Volunteering section: 6 months
– Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
– Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

When do I come to Outright Adventure for DofE?

Training & planning are held on Tuesday evenings and over weekend sessions. When you sign up you will receive a list of key dates that you'll need to attend. You'll also be able to contact your DofE leader through eDofE if you have any questions in between sessions.

Where will my expedition take place?

Our Silver level expeditions are held in the Purbecks.

What does it cost?

£280 - For the Silver Award Outright Adventure has a fixed fee to provide you with everything you need to complete the award. This includes:

  • Support from an Outright Adventure DofE leader to offer advice and encouragement throughout your whole DofE programme.
  • Pre-expedition training.
  • Group equipment hire for your practice and qualifying expedition.
  • Practice expedition.
  • Assessed walking expedition.


For your volunteering section, you need to choose an activity where you give time to help your local community. Volunteering needs to be done with a charity or not for profit organisation and not for a business.


For your skill section, you need to choose an activity where you can increase your understanding and expertise. This could include, woodwork, photography, cooking or learning to drive.


For your physical section you need to take part in an activity that uses a high level of energy and movement. Sports such as hockey, fencing, rugby and football all count.


For your expedition section, you will need to prepare for an unaccompanied, self-sufficient expedition with an agreed aim. The expedition must be completely under your own steam but not necessarily on foot! Modes of travel include foot, bike, boat, canoe or kayak, wheelchair, or horseback.