Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a non-competitive, internationally recognized program designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits. The Award is about personal challenge and development and is adaptable according to each participant’s interests and abilities.

Program Benefits

Open to everyone

Any young person aged 14-24 can do the Award, no matter their gender, cultural background, religious or political affiliation or physical ability. An Award is gained through individual improvement and achievement, which means that disadvantaged young people and those with special needs are able to participate fully!

Great for applications

Having your Duke of Ed Award looks great on post-secondary applications, scholarships, CVs and resumes. Whether applying for post-secondary or about to enter the work force, the Award shows commitment and achievement, as well as dedication to a variety of activities. It also gives young people an opportunity to talk about themselves and their passions outside of their formal education.​

Award Structure and Time Requirements

There are three levels of the Award:

· Bronze

· Silver

· Gold

Registration Fees

​There is a registration fee of $50 at each level of the Award (Bronze, Silver, Gold). Participants must pay the registration fee prior to starting their Award and before progressing to the next level.


​For each level, participants have to complete the requirements of each of the four Sections:

Service Aim: to learn how to give useful service to others

Skills Aim: to encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills

Physical Recreation Aim: to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance

Adventurous Journey Aim: to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery

Age Range

The age range is from the 14th to the 25th birthday. There is some discretion for entry before the age of 14. The upper age limit for all Awards is the 25th birthday, and all activities to be counted for an Award must be completed by this time. The minimum starting age for each level is:

· Bronze 14 years

· Silver 15 years

· Gold 16 years

Time Requirements

​Participants are encouraged to work at their own pace. The Award is referred to as a marathon, not a sprint. Subject to the maximum age limit, participants can take as long as they want to complete their Award. In Service, Skills and Physical Recreation sections, participants are required to participate regularly in their chosen activity. There is no absolute rule as to what is considered regular participation, as the amount of time dedicated to an activity will depend on many things, including the activity itself and the participant’s own circumstances. However, on average, participants should spend at least one hour per week on their chosen activity. No more than a four week break may be taken at any level.

The Award cannot be achieved in a shorter time span by working more intensely; the objective is to develop a sense of commitment to a given task over time. Participants must persist at a specific level for at least these minimum periods:

Award Level Minimum period of participation by

Direct Entrants Award Achievers

Bronze 26 weeks n/a

Silver 52 weeks 26 weeks (if Bronze Award achiever)

Gold 78 weeks 52 weeks (if Silver Award achiever)

Timescales for each Award level by section are included in the Summary of Conditions chart.

How to Register

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Click Here to Register:

2. Registration Questions/Answers:

· Country? Canada

· Operating Authority? Ontario

· Sub Operating Authority? Eastern Ontario (K Postal Code)

· Award Unit:? RCACS 632nd Phoenix – Ottawa

· Do you know who your Award Leader is? Yes

o Enter Email Address:

3. Select Award Level:

· I highly recommend signing up for Bronze. The entire Bronze Level of the award can be completed by participating in regular activities at cadets.

Meeting location and time:

Note: There are no regular scheduled weekly meetings. If you need help send CI Kramer an email and she will schedule a time and place to meet.



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