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Gold (16+ years old)

In the third and final stage of the award, boys spend a minimum of 12-months in their chosen activities. In addition, they train for, plan and undertake a 3-day practice expedition as well as a 4-day international expedition. In recent years, these trips have included a coast-to-coast mountain bike expedition, a section of the famous Corsican GR20 and a trip to the Nepalese Himalayas.

The Gold award also requires boys to undertake a residential project whereby they spend 5-days and 4 nights on a course or voluntary residential project with people that they have not met before. This completes the aim of the award in teaching genuine independence, organisation and motivation. Boys who attain their Gold awards are invited to a ceremony hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh himself where they are presented with their certificate.








12 months

One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months

Plan, train for and complete a 4-day, 3-night expedition

Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5-days and 4-nights

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections




  • Duke of Edinburgh scheme

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