16 - 24 Years Old
You can start working towards your Gold Award from your 16th birthday and have up until your 25th birthday to complete the award
There are 5 sections to the award, volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and a residential section.
Participants spend a minimum of 12 months of volunteering. For their physical and skills sections, they must spend a minimum of 12 months on one and size on the other. They decide which section to do for the longer time. They'll plan, train and complete a four day (three-night) expedition. The biggest difference at Gold is that participants must do an additional fifth section - residential. This is an activity away from home for five days and four nights with people they do not already know.
Direct entrants must spend a further six months either volunteering or doing whichever of the skill of physical activities they spent the most time on. This decision must be made at the start but ca be reviewed later.
12 months if Physical section 6 months
Minimum 1 hour per week
Set a learning goal to work towards
Log to be kept on eDofE
Four days walking (three-nights camping)
Two Practice and Once Assessed expeditions required
Must meet the 20 conditions of DofE