The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a non-competitive program which empowers young people, ages 14 to 24, to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others, by exploring their potential, taking on new challenges, giving back to their communities, and achieving success. It provides the opportunity to set goals and achieve results in fun and challenging ways. The Award is accessible to all youth, regardless of socio-economic status, ability, ethnicity, or gender.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded by His Royal Highness The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956 in the United Kingdom, was started in Canada in 1963 and began in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1974.

The Award has 3 levels:

  • Bronze (for ages 14 yrs and up)
  • Silver (for ages 15 yrs and up)
  • Gold (for ages 16 yrs and up)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award challenges youth to set and accomplish personal goals in 4 or 5 different areas, depending on their Award level:

  • The Service Section is intended to develop a sense of community and social responsibility
  • The Adventurous Journey Section aims to cultivate a spirit of adventure and discovery and an understanding of the environment
  • The Skills Section develops cultural, vocational and practical skills
  • The Physical Recreation Section encourages improved performance and fitness.
  • The Residential Project (an additional requirement at Gold level only) aims to broaden horizons through a worthwhile residential experience.