Duke of Edinburgh's Award:
Summary of Conditions

Award Level Service Expeditions & Explorations Skills Physical Fitness
BRONZE
Minimum age to start 14;
Maximum age to finish 25;

Qualify in four sections as indicated

Choose one or more forms of service, undertake training, and give practical service to others.
A minimum of 15 hours of service over a period of 6 months.
Undertake basic training, carry out a practice journey, and then complete an Expedition OR and Exploration. A minimum of two days out is required including one night camping, and an average of 6 hours activity a day. Follow a skill programme for a minimum of 6 months. Activity may be changed once during this period. Take part in physical activities and benefit from participation, effort, and improvement. A minimum of 30 hours of activity over a period of 15 weeks is required.
SILVER
Minimum age to start 15;
Maximum age to finish 25;

Qualify in four sections as indicated.

Choose one or more forms of service, undertake training, and give practical service to others.
A minimum of 30 hours of service over a period of 6 months for those who have achieved their Bronze Award; 45 hours over 12 months for direct Silver entrants.
Undertake basic training, carry out a practice journey, and then complete an Expedition OR and Exploration OR an Adventurous Project. A minimum of three days out is required including two nights camping, and an average of 7 hours activity a day. Follow a skill programme for a minimum of 6 months for those who have achieved their Bronze Award, 12 months for direct Silver entrants. Activity may be changed once during this period. Take part in physical activities and benefit from participation, effort, and improvement. A minimum of 40 hours of activity over a period of 20 weeks is required.
GOLD
Minimum age to start 16;
Maximum age to finish 25;

Qualify in four sections as indicated & complete the Residential Qualification*

Choose one or more forms of service, undertake training, and give practical service to others.
A minimum of 60 hours of service over a period of 12 months for those who have achieved their Silver Award; 90 hours over 18 months for direct Gold entrants
Undertake basic training, carry out a practice journey, and then complete an Expedition, OR an Exploration, OR an Adventurous Project. A minimum of four days out is required including three nights camping, and an average of 8 hours activity a day. Follow a skill programme for a minimum of 12 months for those who have achieved their Silver Award, 18 months for direct Gold entrants. Activity may be changed once during this period. Take part in physical activities and benefit from participation, effort, and improvement. A minimum of 50 hours of activity over a period of 25 weeks is required.
EXAMPLES Voluntary work with seniors, youth, disabled, homeless groups, etc. School activities with peers, student council, yearbook, etc. Expedition: Bicycle, canoe, hike, horseback, snowshoe, etc.
Exploration:
Should be of an environmental or historic nature.
Music, computers, crafts, graphic arts, life skills, collections, model building, etc.
(May not be a physical activity)
Individual or team activity.

*RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (May be undertaken at any time, but must be submitted at GOLD):
Undertake some shared activity in the company of their peers, either through voluntary service or training away from home over a period of not less than 5 consecutive days (4 nights away). 
Examples: Youth leadership training courses; Outward Bound & similar courses; voluntary help at homes, centres, or camps; work with disadvantaged children or seniors; school exchanges, church courses, etc.