The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. The Award came to Canada in 1963 and currently runs in 126 countries around the world. To date almost 6 million young people have challenged themselves by participating in The Award.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
There are three Awards to achieve: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Gold Award takes the longest to accomplish and is the harder one of the three, most people start off with the Bronze and work their way up.
All you have to do is choose one activity that’s of interest to you in each of the four areas of the programme, set a personal goal and then work to achieve it.
Be a local hero by providing volunteer service to others and your community.
Personal Skill Development:
Do something different; develop a personal interest, social or practical skill.
Gain a sense of achievement and good health through physical activity. Virtually any sport, dance or fitness activity can count. Who knows maybe you could be the next Olympian, prima ballerina or kung-fu legend!
Go on an expedition and find yourself! Develop self reliance by planning, training and completing a journey of discovery.
For Gold level only – Broaden your experience through living and working with others who aren’t your everyday friends for five days.
Where Can I Do an Award?
The Award can be done almost anywhere! Many schools and Colleges and Universities have The Award. If you’re involved with a youth organization such as Cadets, Scouts or Girl Guides, check with your leader. Chances are you can do it through there! You don’t need to be part of an organized group, you can also participate as an independent.
How Long Will it Take?
Each of the three Award levels has a set length of time. Bronze takes at least 6 months to complete, Silver is a minimum of 12 months and Gold a minimum of 18 months for direct entry (12 months if achieved the Silver Award). You can work on the Areas at the same time, so it won’t take away from your social life or distract you from studying!
Why Should I Bother?
Why not? It’s all about trying something new, challenging your-self, learning new skills and making new friends. You’ll discover how choosing, planning and achieving personal goals can change your life. Plus it looks great on a resume!
Who Can Take the Challenge?
The Award can be done by absolutely anyone and everyone aged 14 to 25. It is open to males and females, regardless of your ability, social, economic, religious or ethnic background. If you are 14 you can go for the Bronze, if you are 15 you can achieve the Silver and if you are 16 or older you can go for the Gold.