The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognized award system for youth aged 14 – 25. The award is divided into three levels:
- Bronze (age 14 and older; minimum 6 months to complete)
- Silver (age 15 and older; minimum 6 months with Bronze, 12 months Direct Entry)
- Gold (age 16 and older; minimum 12 months with Silver, 18 months Direct Entry)
There are four sections that a student must complete in order to obtain the award: Service, Physical Recreation, Skills and Adventurous journey.
The service component helps to support your community and connect with people. Service that is used towards school service ties can also count for the award. Examples include volunteering at the library, seniors home, or non-profit organization, etc.
The physical recreation component helps you be healthy and active. Your games choice will count towards this requirement. You can have your coach sign your book at the end of the term. Examples include playing sports, running, going to the gym, etc.
The skill section means working at something that you are passionate about. This component requires that a student participates in a non-sporting activity that you can practice and improve in. You may use a skill that you work on at school, but it must involve time outside of class. Examples include art club, ceramics club, cooking, etc.
The Adventurous Journey allows you the chance to explore nature and discover the world around you. Explorer trips count towards the Bronze level expedition. Sea to Sky 10 counts towards the Silver level expedition.
At the Gold Level, there is one extra section called the Residential Project
The Residential Project asks you to spend five days in a new place with new people. Examples include academic exchanges, language immersions, youth conferences, etc.
How to get started
First, register for the program as a group member and pay the $30 registration fee. Then, complete a registration application form
on the website.
Name of the group: St. George’s School – Ms. Catherine Holmen.
If for some reason, you cannot register online, you may come to the Service Office (101A) for a paper registration form. You will receive a book after you register. Record your activities in your Record Book and ask for signatures from your assessors. But most of all, be sure to make it an incredible experience!
You are eligible to complete the award a minimum
of 6 months after your registration date. Upon completion of an Award level please submit the following documents to the Service Learning office:
- Completed Record Book
- Completed Adventurous Journey Report
- Appropriate Application Form
- Registering For the Next Level Form (if you are continuing)
To increase your chance of success, please submit your completed awards to the Service Learning Office well before above deadlines so they can be reviewed before submission.