Duke of Edinburgh

We run 'open' expeditions for individuals, so if you don't have a group but still want to participate, then don't worry! You've come to the right place!

What is the Duke of Edinburgh?


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (commonly abbreviated DofE), is the generic name for a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh that has since expanded to 140 other countries. Their aim is to inspire young people and provide them challenges that are both rewarding and fulfilling for later life.


  • There are currently 300,000 young people year in the UK are completing the scheme.

  • Over 5 million have taken part since 1956 in the UK (8 million globally)

  • Over 140 countries worldwide take part in the scheme.

  • There are 3 awards - bronze, silver and gold


We are proud to announce that Rock and Rapid Adventures are an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the DofE. We have been checked and our procedures reviewed.

We are an AAP for both the residential and expedition sections of the scheme. For more information on how the AAPs work, please click here to go to the DofE website where it is explained.


What are the sections are involved?

There are four sections to each award (5 if you are completing your Gold Award) – these sections are:-


Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people's lives.  Getting off your sofa and taking time out to change things for the better can be great fun. 

From conservation to youth work to fundraising for your favourite charity or caring for animals, there's an endless list of the types of projects you can get involved in.


Through the Physical section you should achieve a greater physical fitness through participation and improvement in physical activity.  It's sure to make you feel healthier and you'll have fun along the way!  

You don't need to be super fit or an athlete to achieve this section - giving it a go and improving is enough.


The Skills section is all about developing practical and social skills and personal interests.  By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also boost your self esteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge.  If this isn't enough, it should also be good fun too!


Achieving your Award is an adventure from beginning to end and this section can give you some of your most memorable experiences!

From kayaking along the Wye Valley to trekking in Morocco or horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, it can be as far-flung or as close to home as you want it to be.  You can also choose how you want to travel – it doesn’t just have to be on foot!  You could choose to do your expedition by bike, by canoe, by kayak, by wheelchair, by sailing boat or even on a horse or llama!


To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential.  This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.

What is included in each Expedition?

Bronze - two day expedition, one night camping with six hours minimum of activity a day, three of these at least should be journeying.

Silver - three day expedition, two nights camping with seven hours minimum of activity a day, three and a half of these at least should be journeying.

Gold - four day expedition, three nights camping with eight hours minimum of activity a day, four of these at least should be journeying.


More information on what Rock and Rapid can do for your Duke of Edinburgh Award will be available soon!

In the meantime please feel free to give the office a call on 01769 573380!

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