Duke of Edinburgh Award

 Cambridge District Scout Archive

Cambridge Archive

For one year, 1962, the Census asked for participants in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  Census returns are available between 1921 and 1984.

Founded in 1956 the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme was designed to attract boys who had not been interested in joining one of the main British youth movements, such as the Scout Association. It was not necessary to ‘join’ any organisation, or wear a uniform to participate.

  • 7th Cambridge (County School)           4           
  • 28th Cambridge                                   1
  • 57th Cambridge                                   1
  • 60th Cambridge (Leys School)             20

In the 1962 edition of Look Wide, a book for Senior Scouts first printed in 1956, Chapter 8 is about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. 

The first requirement for a Scout to enter was to hold the First Class badge.  This enabled a Scout to start at the Silver DoE Award.  At this time it was generally necessary to work through all three stages in order.  The Silver Award could be achieved through attaining existing Scout badges.  The Gold Award could also be achieved by working through Scout badges and Scout Leader training.

The Census does not state if the DoE was being conducted with the Scouting Association acting as ‘Operating Authority’.  As all, bar two, of the returns are from School based groups it is likely that the schools had separate systems in place.

District Archives

The first Gold DoE to a Cambridgeshire Scout was in 1961, in 1963 5 Scouts (all from Cambridge District) were awarded Gold.

JWR Archivist Feb 2019