This should be a fairly good product for the DofE award. For those who don't know a quick intro to DofE:
Split into 3 levels, Bronze (14+), Silver (15+), Gold (16+) – each level you do takes longer and is progressively harder.
Each award is split into 4 sections (ignoring Gold's residential):
Skill, Volunteering, Sports, and Expedition. Obviously only 'Skill' is relevant, but just giving folks an idea of what is involved.
The main theme, as you may be gathering, is "Be motivated, and do new things!"*
Obviously there is no hard and fast rule of what must be done for skills, but progress must be shown – therefore progress needs to be quantified. If we can put together a group of goals split into three sections of increasing difficulty we could make peoples' lives easier on coming up with ideas (especially as DofE Leaders will need to sign off the work – so they need an idea of what is an achievement or not).
Bronze: Boot up, write "Hello World" program, write a program that can perform some simple text based mundane task etc. (obviously generally not enough on it's own, depending on the language used)
Silver: Install your own Linux (Debian, or whatever), set up a webserver and basic website, set up samba.
Gold: Write a graphical game, fully documented….
The above are just examples, and I'd be interested in hearing more. As an example of difficulty, for playing an instrument as a skill you could easily say pass (or attempt – it's not just about success but also trying and doing) Grade 1 for Bronze, through to Grade 3 for Gold. If you're a direct entrant to Gold, then passing Grade 1 would count – it's progress! You can also do different skills for different levels of DofE award.
I intend to produce a single resource for DofE Leaders to go to as a guide once enough ideas are in.
*My words, not theirs!