The next step up from Bronze…… you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver DofE programme. If you have achieved your Bronze Award, your Licensed Organisation may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.
A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It is up to you which one you do for longer.
If you did Bronze, you can choose the same activity for Silver, but you need to show development in it. It is best to try something new!
The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you will have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on. Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you are going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section. It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you have already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you have jumped straight into Silver.