Who Are Award Leaders?

Award Leaders are guides and mentors who support their youth in doing the Award. Your support of young people in pursuit of the Award truly does make a difference in your communities and helps to create committed citizens of the world.

An Award 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 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 from their Award Officer.

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Award Leaders can be a great help in coordinating the Adventurous Journey and other activities for their Participants, but are not required to do so. Facilitating the Adventurous Journey component of the Award can be daunting for a Leader who doesn't have knowledge or experience running outdoor trips.  Never fear, we are connected with some amazing outdoor service providers who are more than willing to coordinate your Award Unit's Adventurous Journey.  Just ask your Award Officer for help.

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. Organizations without these elements in place cannot run an Award Unit.

Award staff and volunteers have a legal obligation to protect personal information and other kinds of restricted information as defined in the Award's Privacy Policy.