The Baden-Powell Scouts' Association

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The Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Gold Award is for young people aged 16 years and older and as such fits in very well with the Senior Scout and Rover Scout Programmes.


Unlike the Bronze and Silver Awards, the Gold Award is split into five sections:

Volunteering (helping people in the community)
Physical (sport, dance and fitness)
Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
Expedition (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback, boat or cycle).
Residential Project (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)


It would normally take a participant between 18 - 24 months to complete a Gold Award.

Below is a outline of the Gold Award requirements and the Senior Scout badges that fulfill them, you can find more ideas on The Award website.






12 months

6 months or 12 months

6 months or 12 months

4 day/ 3 night venture

5 days/ 4 nights

Direct Entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the service or the longer of the Skill or Physical Recreation sections.


Gain either the Senior Explorer badge or the Discovery Award.