The Elements of Cooking Course, which is residential, should count for the residential section of your Gold Award, always check with your DofE leader before booking.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a registered charity, is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time. Just over 7 percent of those in the UK aged 14-17 participate in the Award, through Award Groups in youth clubs, voluntary organisations, Open Award Centres, schools, colleges, young offender institutes and businesses.
The Award is a four Section Programme with three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Sections involve: Service (helping the community); Skills (a hobby, skill or interest); Physical Recreation (sports, dance, fitness); Expeditions (on foot, cycle, horseback or water); Residential Project – Gold only (an enterprise with people not known to the participant). Each year, Award Participants provide over 2 million hours of service to the community whilst, in the Expeditions Section, they collectively cover over 3 million miles.
At any one time, around 225,000 participants are trying for an Award in the UK alone, with around 138,000 taking up its challenge each year. Approximately 50,000 volunteers share their skills, enthusiasm and time to help guide the participants through their Awards, learning new skills and making friends themselves along the way.