Joining Instructions


Membership is principally open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 24 either living, working or being educated in the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling.  You can join at any time and remain a member until you have completed your Award.  For further information, please use the CONTACT US button at the top of the page.

The Cost

1.  Registration  

  • Registration fee to join Tonbridge Gold  : £20
  • Enrolment fee for your Gold Award with Kent County Council (KCC) : £32

You make the single payment of £52 by PayPal or credit card when you register online.  The Tonbridge Gold registration fee covers our administration costs, together with staff training for such things as minibus driving, first aid and mountain leadership qualifications.

2.  Expedition Training

  • Training weekend in Tonbridge : £22
  • Navigation weekend in Dartmoor : £73
  • Practice Expedition in the Lake District or Peak District (5 days) : £155
  • Total cost for all three elements : £250

These prices include travel by minibus and campsite fees but not food.  You make a single payment when you sign up for the training programme, to cover the number of elements you wish to take part in this year.  See Training Programme for more details.

3.  Qualifying Expedition

The cost of your qualifying expedition will depend on where you choose to go.  If you do it with Tonbridge Gold this year, it will cost you £165.  See Qualifying Expeditions for more details.


New Applicant

  1. Kent DofE Award Enrolment Form : download, print and complete this form and send it to: Linda Chapman, Tonbridge Gold, 39 Barchester Way, Tonbridge, TN10 4HR
  2. Tonbridge Gold Registration Form : complete this form online.  When you submit the form, you will be taken to the Registration Payment page to pay the fees for both KCC and Tonbridge Gold. (See above for cost).
  3. If you do not pay at the same time as you register, you can return to this page on a future occasion and then click on the Registration Payment tab on the menu on the right hand side of the page.

Transfer from another DofE Unit

If you have already enrolled for the Gold Award and wish to transfer from another Unit, you will need to complete the online Transfer Form instead.