Become an Award Leader

We are looking for you.

Are you a teacher or a youth worker who engages with young people on a daily basis? If so, you need to have a look at how The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program can augment your youth development programming.

Every day you make a difference by engaging and enriching the lives of the young people you work with. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides another opportunity to enhance your work with youth. We offer a framework that seamlessly weaves into the fabric of what you do on a daily basis. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award wants to be the partner of choice with youth groups across the country. Together we can enrich the lives of young Canadians even more.


Are you interested?

Good. Let’s get started.

First steps.

Before delivering the Award to youth, you will need to register yourself and group/organization with your local division office. You will enter into agreement with your local division in the form of a simple letter which ensures you will follow Award foundation and operational principles and won’t change the program or alter our brand. Think of this as the franchise and you the franchisee.

Become A Group Leader.

Once you have established an Award Group/Award Unit we need people to be the Award Leaders. Because really, what’s a group without a leader?

Who are Award Leaders?

A leader is a person who works or volunteers with youth as part of a larger organization, such as a school, Scouts, Guides, Cadets, or community organization. Leaders should have the opportunity to meet regularly with participants and be available to support the youth as they work towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. All Award Leaders can access registration, training and resource materials with their Division Office.

The Award Leader’s aim is to help young people within their group to earn their Award and be recognized for their achievement. Leaders can be a great help in coordinating the Adventurous Journey, but do not have to as part of their leadership.

What is the role of an Award Leader?

An Award Leader’s role within their group encompasses the following areas:
  1. Registering participants and helping them get started in the Program;
  2. Mentoring and supporting participants as they work to complete their Award levels
  3. Assessing or reviewing Award submissions.
  4. Abiding by all policies set out by The Duke of Edinburgh’ International Award. Such as: National Abuse Policy, National Risk Management Policy and National Branding policy etc. 

Leader involvement includes:

  • Participating in Award Leader Training. Please contact your local division for details on upcoming workshops.
  • Celebrating achievements.
  • Helping participants organize activities that count towards Award levels.
  • Communicating with the Award Office in their division.
  • Instructing youth on how enter events in the activity log correctly (either in the record book or online).
  • Sharing stories and news about your group and participants with your divisional office.
  • Presenting achievement pins and in some in cases Bronze certificates. 

What’s the benefit of becoming an Award Leader?

Good question! Besides engaging with youth and aiding in their development of new skills, self-confidence, and a greater appreciation of the environment and community around them; you are building up your own skill set and resume with internationally recognized experience. 


Leaders and the organizations they represent are responsible for ensuring all criminal record checks and vulnerable sector screenings are up to date and that appropriate insurance is in place for any activities that the group undertakes. Please contact your division office for more information.