Cumbria Outdoors - The Duke of Edinburgh`s (DofE) Award Programme

A Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award is recognition of a young person's successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities for demonstrating the qualities young people who've achieved a DofE Award develop.  

There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. There is no real time limit when it comes to completing a DofE programme. As long as participants are under 25 years old when they complete all their activities in their programme, they are free to work at a pace that they're comfortable with and can achieve their Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Co-ordinator, who is responsible for the Coordination of Cumbrian Schools participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme, is based at Cumbria Outdoors, Hawse End Centre, ensuring the provision of high quality services for young people. Schools in Cumbria can deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award under Cumbria County Council's licence free of charge.

Also free of charge - schools delivering DofE under Cumbria County Council's licence can use the Evolve educational visits online notification and approval system for DofE Expeditions

Please contact the DofE Co-ordinator Lisa Hignett for further details:

Telephone: 01768 812280 Email:

To take part in the DofE, participants pay a nominal participation fee for which they are allocated a Participation Place within eDofE (eDofE is the interactive online system that helps young people manage their DofE programme and enables Leaders to monitor their progress).

The current charge for Participation Places from Cumbria County Council is:

  • Bronze Participation Place £ 32
  • Silver Participation Place   £ 32
  • Gold Participation Place    £ 39

This covers administration, ongoing support, allocation of a Participation Place on eDofE and a Participant Handbook sent to the school and Certificate/Badge on completion.

We are well placed to offer advice on all aspects of the Award and enable schools to ensure young people from all areas of Cumbria and all types of educational establishments are able to take up this opportunity.

Where schools have specific training needs, for example Expedition requirements, this can be facilitated. We also offer advice on all aspects of the administration of the DofE Programme and run regular training programmes subject to demand.

Please contact us for details of our:

  • Practice and Qualifying Expedition packages
  • DofE training
  • Hire of Equipment
  • Gold Residential opportunities.

Telephone: 01768 812280 Email: