Duke of Edinburgh

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.

Physical Recreation
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 participate 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.

Adventurous Journey
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!

For more information, please visit https://www.dukeofed.org/bc/participants

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:

  1. Completed Record Book
  2. Completed Adventurous Journey Report
  3. Appropriate Application Form
  4. 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.

Any Questions? Ask Ms. Holmen at cholmen@stgeorges.bc.ca

Office Info

British Columbia

(250) 385-4232
toll-free: 1-888-881-7788
email: bcyk@dukeofed.org

History of the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and to their communities. The concept of The Award is one of individual challenge. It offers young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery, growth, self-reliance, perseverance, and responsibility. The Award currently runs in 130 countries world-wide, and to date 7 million young people have challenged themselves by doing the Award.

The Award currently has some 37, 000 participants. As The Award continues to grow throughout Canada, we are projecting 40, 000 participants within the next two to three years. There are approximately 5 million young people in Canada between the 14 to 24 age group. (Duke of Edinburgh, 2013)
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1160 students, 110 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George’s School is a vibrant community committed to authentic learning.
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