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Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award, a renowned youth achievement program, has become an emblem of personal development and community service in Canada. Established by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the program challenges young participants to embark on a journey of self-discovery, skill-building, and community engagement. It encourages youth to set and achieve goals across four key pillars: community service, physical fitness, skill development, and adventurous journeys.

Over the years, the Duke of Edinburgh Award has gained widespread recognition for fostering well-rounded individuals who are equipped with a diverse set of life skills and a strong sense of civic responsibility. In Canada, this program has found enthusiastic participants across the nation, leaving a lasting impact on both the personal growth of its recipients and the communities they serve.

Why the Award Matters

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a structured program for personal growth and achievement.

  • It encourages setting and reaching important goals in areas like community service, physical fitness, skill development, and adventurous activities.
  • This helps build qualities like discipline, determination, and a strong work ethic.
  • It emphasizes that success isn't just about academic performance, but also about being a well-rounded individual.
  • The program promotes responsibility and caring for your community.
  • Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Award is recognized worldwide and can lead to future educational and career opportunities.

Ultimately, it equips you with the tools and mindset to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life while making a positive impact on your community and beyond.

The Award Shows You How To...

Take on new challenges

Completing the Award demonstrates you’ve established constructive habits, persevered through challenges, and seek continuous growth.

Grow your network

When completing the Award, you will work with others and seek consistent feedback. The Award expands your network, increases opportunities, and builds mentors and references.

Maximize your resume

From highlighting the Award on your resume, to showcasing your Award in interviews, and confidently communicating your new skills, you can leverage your Award to help prepare for your next challenge.

Build soft skills

You will be a step ahead if you can demonstrate to potential employers or schools that you are motivated, accountable, and can productively communicate and work with others.

How it Works

To earn the Duke of Edinburgh Award, participants must complete a series of activities and challenges across four key areas:

  1. Community Service (Including Volunteering with Scouts Canada): This involves giving back to the community through volunteer work. Participants choose a cause or organization they're passionate about, which can include activities such as volunteering with Scouts Canada, and dedicate a set number of hours to it.
  2. Physical Recreation: This focuses on improving physical fitness and overall health. Participants choose a physical activity or sport that interests them, set personal goals, and engage in regular training or practice.

  3. Skill Development: This category encourages participants to acquire a new skill or enhance an existing one. This could be anything from learning a musical instrument, honing a craft, or developing a proficiency in a new language.

  4. Adventurous Journey: This is all about outdoor exploration, teamwork, and self-reliance. Participants plan and embark on an adventurous expedition, often involving activities like hiking, camping, or orienteering.


Additionally, participants choose one of three award levels (Bronze, Silver, or Gold) based on their age and the level of commitment they're prepared to undertake. Each level has specific requirements and time commitments. For example, the Bronze Award typically takes six months to complete, while the Silver and Gold Awards require longer periods and greater levels of commitment.

Throughout their journey, participants maintain a record of their activities and achievements, which is later reviewed and verified by their Award Leader or Assessor. Once all the requirements are met and verified, participants receive their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Award is not a competition against others, but rather a personal challenge to push oneself and grow as an individual. It encourages participants to step out of their comfort zones, develop new skills, and contribute positively to their communities. Ultimately, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a testament to a participant's dedication, determination, and personal growth.

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