The Duke of Edinburgh award is a voluntary scheme for people aged between 14–24, it involves completing objectives in four or five sections after which the individual receives a certificate either at Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. The awards are completed by an approved Duke of Edinburgh centre.

Each centre has a coordinator and a number of leaders, who are normally volunteers. Their role is to offer guidance to participants in their selection of activities and supporting the recording of progress in order to complete each section. There are normally regular meetings throughout the year for participants to receive training/guidance or to record progress at the centres. All levels of the award have a variety of sections that need to be completed.

Active Stirling is an approved Open Award Centre that accepts Bronze, Silver and Gold registrations. Our team will support and guide you through attaining your award and develop a range of lifelong skills, including teamwork, self-confidence, independence, communication and many more.

All levels of the award have a variety of sections that need to be completed.

A period of time must be spent either trying out or improving in, a sport, dance or fitness activity.

A period of time must be spent learning a new or developing an existing skill.

A period of time must be spent volunteering for a non-business. It could be for a charity, local club or helping individuals.

The individual must train for, plan and complete an adventurous, self-sufficient journey with other participants.

At Gold the individual must complete a minimum of 5-day and 4-night course/activity with a group of individuals who don’t know each other.

Two of the sections must be a minimum of 3 months and one must be 6 months.

Volunteering and one other section must be a minimum of 6 months and the other section 3 months.

Volunteering and one other section must last 12 months and the other section 6 months. The Expedition will be between 2 days at Bronze and 4 days at Gold, in addition there will be a training programme and a practice expedition to complete to ensure the individuals have the necessary skills.

Active Stirling are a recognised DofE Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for expeditions from Bronze to Gold award levels in the mode of transports of Walking and Canoe.

Active Stirling can design and provide expedition programmes in walking, kayaking, and canoeing. We deliver most of the expeditions in the local Stirling area which includes the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park but can provide expeditions further afield.

Email our Duke of Edinburgh Development Officer, Iain Mackinnon at to discuss the development of your programme.