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Boy's Brigade - Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

BBNI has partnered with The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) award since its formation in 1956. Over 500,000 young people across the UK participate in the DofE award. Designed to empower young people, it supports them as they learn new skills, overcome obstacles, build confidence, and develop resilience. The DofE is a recognised award and BBNI is proud to be a licensed organisation that offers DofE as part of the BBNI programme.

Within the DofE Award there are 4 sections for Bronze and Silver and for Gold there are 5 sections. The Award is aligned to The Boys’ Brigade Queen’s Badge. The DofE Silver Award has a similar structure to the Queen’s Badge and is split into 4 key areas: volunteering, physical, skills, and expedition.

Why Should My BB Company Do the Award?

Duke of Edinburgh offers opportunities for young people to grow and thrive, but it also offers clear benefits for your company. DofE can deliver:

  • Leadership skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • It can help with retention of company and Seniors
  • It can help attract new members to your company

Getting Started

Are you considering Duke of Ed as part of your BB programme?

Running the Award

Supporting you through the Award

Completing the Award

  • When a young person completes an Award, leaders don’t need to do anything else to request badges or certificates. The BBNI staff team will monitor completions regularly and will send badges and certificates for Bronze and Silver Awards to Captains/Company Correspondent.
  • Gold Awards are handled by DofE.

Celebrating the Award

  • Displays & Parent’s Nights – We would love to see you celebrating Bronze, Silver & Gold at your annual display or parents’ night.
  • Gold Celebration – We would love you to share your experiences at your Gold Award celebration event on social media.
  • Socials – For Facebook Tag @BoysbrigadeNI and @DofENorthernIreland. Use the hashtags #BBNI #DofENI #CelebrateWithDofE

Completing my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with BB has been great. The effort put in by our leaders meant we were really well prepared.

Daniel, 1st Ballyclare