Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Another of Kurt Hahn's many legacies,  the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (normally DofE - although that could also be the Department of Education!) was started in 1956 by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, as a series of self-improvement exercises.

The original intention was to help counteract the Six Declines of Modern Youth identified by Hahn:

  1. Decline of Fitness

  2. Decline of Initiative and Enterprise

  3. Decline of Memory and Imagination

  4. Decline of Skill and Care

  5. Decline of Self-discipline

  6. Decline of Compassion

It was originally designed and administered by the great mountaineer, Sir John Hunt, who

led the first, official, successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.

Programmes are at three different levels of difficulty (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and must involve these activities:

1. Physical

2. Expedition

3. Skills

4. Volunteering

Why do the DofE?

"For the hundreds of thousands of young people who take part each year, the benefits

of achieving a DofE Award are endless. DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.

You’ll also make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime."

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