The Award is a non-competitive programme in which participants set and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness, and adventure. It is a great way to explore new interests and try new challenges you might not have done otherwise, and even stretch your 'comfort zone'. The Award is open to all young Canadians age 14 yrs to 24 yrs old, and has 3 levels:
- Bronze (for ages 14 yrs and up)
- Silver (for ages 15 yrs and up)
- Gold (for ages 16 yrs and up)
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award challenges you to set and accomplish personal goals in 4 or 5 different areas:
Participants can expect to spend at least 6 months completing the Bronze level, and a year or more on Silver or Gold, depending on whether the participant registers as a direct entry or continues from one level to the next. You must complete your Award before your 25th birthday.
Read more about Time Requirements here
, or download this Summary and Conditions chart
as a one-page reference for requirements of Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
These components may be completed simultaneously or one at a time. As a result, the total amount of time required to complete The Award will be slightly different for each participant.
- Physical Recreation
- Adventurous Journey
- Residential Project (for Gold Level only)
Award achievers receive a pin and certificate to mark their achievements, and may be able to attend a ceremony within their Province or Territory (depending on Award level and ceremony availability). Gold Award ceremonies are only presided over by the Governor-General of Canada, or by a member of the Royal Family.
Get started on your Award today! Doing The Award will make a difference in your life!
Continue reading below for more about The Award programme, and ideas on the kinds of activities you can do.