What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?
Let’s start with a bit of history. The Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. in London, England. The Award came to Canada in 1963. Today, it’s run in more than 140 countries around the globe. To date nearly 8 million young people (ages 14 to 24) have challenged themselves by participating in The Award.
But, what is it all about?
It’s about setting and achieving goals. It’s about getting physically fit, participating in new activities, and pursuing current interests in a more in-depth way. It’s about giving back to the community. It’s about having fun, making friends, and pushing your own limits. It’s about Making a Difference in your own life and the lives of others. It’s about Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and the opportunity to be awarded for your hard work and determination. It’s about being the kind of young person who’s motivated, social, and committed. It’s about learning skills for life, boosting your resume, and standing out amongst your peers. It’s all about YOU!
Who can do The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?
Absolutely anyone between the ages of 14 and 24! It is open to males and females, regardless of ability, social, economic, religious, or ethnic background. If you are 14 you can go for your Bronze, if you are 15 you can achieve the Silver, and if you are 16 or older you can go for the Gold.
How long will it take?
Well, that depends on which level of The Award you’re working on. Bronze takes at least 6 months to complete, Silver takes a minimum of 12 months, and Gold a minimum of 18 months for direct entry, and 12 months if you’ve already earned your Silver. You can work on all four sections (Service, Skills, Adventurous Journey, and Physical Fitness) at the same time so it won’t interfere with your social life or distract you from your studies.
Where can I do The Award?
Almost anywhere! Many schools, colleges, and universities have partnered with The Award to give students the opportunity to participate. So have many youth organizations like Cadets, Scouts, and Girl Guides. Check with your teacher or leader to find out if it’s available! If not, you can also participate in The Award as an independent; just contact the Divisional Office for your Province or Territory for more details.
I’m ready to get started, what’s next?
Congratulations! Check out our Getting Started checklist and kick-start this incredible experience!