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At a glance
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. It is voluntary, non-competitive and available to anyone aged 14–24. The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else.
Young people design their own Award program, set their own goals, and record their own progress. They choose a Service, Physical Recreation and Skills activity, go on an Adventurous Journey and, to achieve a Gold Award, also take part in a Residential Project.
The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve. There are three progressive levels which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Over one million young people are currently participating in the Award world-wide and many millions more feel its impact in their communities.
News and Events
Have you ever pushed yourself to your absolute limit? So far outside your comfort zone that you wondered if you’d ever be the same again? If you have, you’ll know how scary, exhilarating, rewarding, and, quite frankly, mind-blowing it can be. Exactly what it is that takes you to that limit is different for everyone.[…]