To date: over 500,000 young people from Canada and over 8 million youth in over 140 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a self-directed, student-initiated development program for young Canadians age 14 to 25. There are three award levels to achieve: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Achieving an award is as easy as registering for the program, and then setting and achieving your personal goals in the four areas of the program: Community Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. The Award is a program that encourages youth to be active, to participate in new activities and to pursue current interests in the four areas. It offers students the opportunity to set goals and achieve results in fun and challenging ways. A Residential Project (for Gold level only) is an option where you may broaden your experience through living and working with others who are not your everyday friends for five days. Each of the three award levels has a set length of time. If you are 14 you can go for the Bronze, if you are 15 you can achieve the Silver, and if you are 16 or older you can go for the Gold.