The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is going Global!
Summary of Conditions (English)
Summary of Conditions (French)
On September 1 2013, we will be adopting the standards of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. What does this mean? There will be some minor changes to the Award requirements in Canada that will directly result in the duration it takes for participants to complete the Award. This is part of a global initiative to ensure the Award standards and experience is consistent around the world. Please see below the changes that will be coming into effect as of Sept 1 2013. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your division or email@example.com
What does this mean for current participants?
If currently participating in the Award, all activities will be grandfathered until the completion of that level. Young people who enroll in the Award for the first time or proceed to the next level will follow the International guidelines.
What are the changes?
Not much is changing with regards to how the Award is achieved. The primary change effects the length and time participants dedicate to each section of the Award.
With these new standards, the Award is introducing the concept of a Major and a Minor. The Major allows participants to select one pillar of the Award (Skill, Community Service, Physical Recreation) where they will undertake 1 hour per week for an additional length of time. The length of time depends on which level of the Award a participant is entering and if they have completed a previous level. The concept of a Major gives participants the opportunity to select an area in which they wish to dedicate more time to. In essence they can select their favorite sport, skill or make more of an impact with their community service. (Bronze Major - extra 3 months; Silver Major - extra 6 months; Gold Major - extra 6 months).
International Standard Guidelines: