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Welcome to Greater Manchester East Scouts Duke of Edinburgh's Award .

To register for the DofE Award or need more information, please contact Sheila or Bernard O'Flaherty on 0161 330 9641/0161 368 1489/0776 567 6032 or email Address: 7 Windsor Grove, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. OL6 8UU.

Send the registration form to the above address. Email Bernard for the latest form. Packs cost £21.00 for Bronze and Silver and £28.00 for Gold. Cheques payable to "GMECSC" or pay by BACS. (Name of A/C- GMECSC. A/C No.- 12565760. Sort Code- 16-00-01. Reference- DOE followed by surname of participant.)

For Queen's Scout Award information contact Neal and Joanne Charlton 0161 343 2897 or email

Check the News, from the County, HQ,, Linnet Clough , D of E. Explorer Badges. Network. Activities. Nights Away. Boarfold. GMN.GMW.North West Scouts.
You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in 4 sections (5 if you are doing Gold) These are --- Volunteering --- Physical --- Skills --- Expedition --- Residential. Check here for the requirements.

You can do --- Bronze age 14 --- Silver age 15 --- or Gold. age 16 --- The Chief Scouts Awards and Queens Scout Award should be done at the same time. Check the International Community and Values List here. You have until your 25th birthday to complete your Award.

Tips for Leaders

1. First make sure the Explorers/Network members register with us and pay the money before starting on any activities. See "How do I register" on the left.
2. Have a system of recording what your Explorers/Network are doing and when they do it, and who is registered.
3. Let your Explorers decide what they are going to do in the skills, physical and volunteering sections. See here for help.
4. Ask someone to be the assessor for what they choose.
5. Check the changes in the Bronze Expedition below and see the Expedition requirements here and then decide on dates for the practice and qualifying expeditions.(between 1st April and 31st Oct.)
6. Plan dates for the expedition training before the practice expedition. Check the 20 conditions in the Expedition Downloads.
7. Have a DofE meeting say once a month to check on progress, do training, planning etc..
8. Don't forget that they can do the Queens Scout Award/Chief Scouts Awards at the same time, so check the extra bits on the ICV list.(see above)
9. Do it and enjoy.
10. Don't forget to ask us if you need any help. See here.

The DofE Leaders Pack is available here.

For more information on campsites and the d of e award have a look at the weblinks on the
Tameside Explorers site.

Open Expeditions
For Explorer or Network participants who have not got a group or enough people to do an expedition with, then there are open groups that you could join. Check the dofe website

Boarfold Scout Camp
Near Charlesworth, on the edge of the Peak District, Boarfold is great for Bronze and Silver DofE Expeditions, and Chief Scout Platinum and Diamond Expeditions. Only £3 per person per night. Contact Bernard to book on 0776 567 6032 or email Check the website

All new participants are entered on the eDofE which comes with a handbook, so participants must go online and enter their details and progress.

Please make sure we have the participants email or their parents email, and encourage your Explorers to go online to update their dofe.

Participants can only achieve their award online. For more info. please click here.

At gold level in the expedition section, make sure that you include the assessors ID number and the notification reference number, before sending it off to Gilwell.

Expedition Assessors
Anyone wanting to assess dofe expeditions has to have completed the EAAS. These courses are run either by the DofE, or through Scouting. For more information about assessing expeditions please click here.

All Assessors have to be reaccredited every 5 years, using the EAAS/8 form in EAAS above. Check the dates for future courses here.You can assess your own Unit at bronze and silver as long as you have not been involved with the training.

Changes to the Bronze Expedition.
Please see the changes

"Green Forms"
If you are doing a gold expedition, it must be in one of the Expedition Areas. You need to send off a Green Form to the appropriate expedition area.

You should send it at least 4 weeks before the expedition, or 6 weeks if you want them to provide an assessor. Click here to see the Expedition Areas and to download a green form.

All expeditions need to be approved by us so, please send a copy to the County Advisers. If you need help completing the green form please ask us. The Expedition Area Network has to approve your expedition and issue you with a Notification Reference Number. You can not do the expedition without this.

If anyone is doing the volunteering in a Scout Group as a Young Leader they have to do Module A, plus 2 hours extra training per level. If they are over 18 then they have to do the Getting Started Modules plus extra training per level. Please make sure that this training is recorded in edofe.

If you want to join the service crew at Boarfold Campsite, which would count towards dofe volunteering, please contact us at 0161 330 9641 or email



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