DofE fits in closely with many of the other awards and qualifications available to you through guiding, in particular the Queen’s Guide award. If you are working towards your Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Queen’s Guide award you could do one residential to count towards both awards – you just need to make sure it's long enough.
Before you decide to count something for both awards, you’ll need to make sure your DofE leader and Queen’s Guide award coordinator are happy with your plans. It’s also worth noting an activity you’re doing for one award might count towards a section of the other, but not necessarily count for all of it.
For example, the residential for Service in Guiding element two can count towards your volunteering section of DofE. But as you need to volunteer over a period of time for DofE (minimum 12 months) this can’t be counted as your entire DofE volunteering section.
Make sure you read both award syllabuses carefully, so you know what you need to do to fulfil each award’s requirements.
For the volunteering, skills and physical sections of the DofE award, you need to make sure you are doing on average an hour a week during the time period. For more information on the timescales, chat to your leader or take a look at the DofE website.