Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then.

A flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person.

From 1,000 DofE Awards achieved in year one to 111,859 last year, we have both a rich history and a bright future.

The DofE Diamond Challenge

Julia Bradbury camped overnight on top of The O2 as part of a joint celebration of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (DofE) Diamond Anniversary and the Camping and Caravanning Club’s (CCC) annual National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW).

Julia and the TOG Team completed the 350m walk to reach the top of The O2 at dusk on 24th May, before pitching her tent of a platform 52m above ground level, the equivalent of almost 12 London buses. After waking up to a 360 degree view of London.

As part of the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary celebrations, everyone is invited to take the DofE Diamond Challenge. The Challenge, inspired by the DofE Award, asks you to take on your own adventure, personal or skill challenge.


“Julia is the ambassador for the Camping and Caravanning Club and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is their Patron. So we were thrilled to support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary Challenge at Covent Garden with Julia Bradbury and Davina McCall climbing up the mobile climbing tower”


Julia Bradbury’s Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Anniversary Challenge

Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Anniversary and The Outdoor Guide

Our Diamond Ambition

The DofE has a positive impact on young people’s lives, in terms of their personal development and employability, and on wider society, from charities gaining active and engaged volunteers to businesses hiring work-ready recruits.

In our 60th year, demand remains high. With increasing numbers of young people wanting to take part in the world’s leading youth achievement award, it’s our ambition to give another two million 14 to 24-year-olds in the UK this life-changing opportunity by 2020.

Thanks to our fantastic team of employees and volunteers and the generous donations made by our supporters, we look forward to doing just that.

Doing my DofE is one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. It has helped me to overcome my fears and made me realise I can to do more things than I thought I could. The DofE is important because it allows people of all abilities to take part, develop skills and achieve. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Toni Ann Wood, Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder

Our Patron

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in 1956.

As passionate about the DofE today as he was almost 60 years ago, The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 500th Gold Award Presentation in 2013 and continues to meet and hear about the experiences of the thousands of Gold Award holders at St James’s Palace each year.