Silver DofE Award

A DofE Silver programme is a challenge but you wont regret taking part, making new friends and learning new skills.

You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by. Here at A to Z Expeditions we are happy to guide you through the whole process for your Silver Award.

In order to complete the Silver Expedition section you first need to complete a programme of training followed by sufficient practice expeditions to hone your skills and a final assessment.

We offer Silver Awards for both:

Walking Expedition

Physical & Skills

One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months


15+ years old


6 months


Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night expedition.

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

What do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award say about their Silver award?

DofE Group in the Yorkshire Dales with Ingleborough in the background

The next step up from Bronze… you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver DofE programme.  If you’ve achieved your Bronze Award, your Licensed Organisation may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.
A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It’s up to you which one you do for longer.
If you did Bronze, you can choose the same activity for Silver, but you need to show development in it.  It’s best to try something new!

The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.

If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on.  Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

Why choose A to Z Expeditions?

A to Z Expeditions puts safety first. We work hard to ensure our expedition programmes provide an appropriate challenge for participants without compromising on safety.

We ONLY specialise in Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions, offering schools and open programmes at all three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Our top outdoor instructors are proficient at giving participants the skills they need for DofE. They are backed up by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable head office team, who will answer all your questions.

Explore the great British countryside by foot, canoe or bike whilst training and completing an A to Z DofE expedition. You wont be disappointed, so don’t forget your camera!

We are very proud of our credentials, but they cannot stand alone. They have to be validated by the level of knowledge and expertise we offer, that only comes with experience.