Introducing the world's leading youth achievement award to the United States

The Duke Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognized program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

The Award in the USA

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global award that allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources.

The Sections

There are four Sections of activities for all Award levels, plus a Residential Project for the Gold Award only.


The Award encourages young people to spend time volunteering in their community, which both benefits others and contributes to their own growth and well-being.


Participants can choose to improve on an existing skill or try something completely new, as they develop personal interests and enhance their practical and social skills.

Physical Recreation

Physical Recreation encourages healthy behavior not only for Participants, but also for their communities, via improved health, or active participation in team activities. This section specifically aims to impacts the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of Participants.

Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey sparks exploration and drives a sense of adventure, as small teams plan, train and undertake a journey through an unfamiliar environment.

Residential Project

Completed at the Gold level, the Residential Project provides a Participant the opportunity to learn how to work with people of different backgrounds, develop skills and build confidence living in new environments.


Founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, today more than 1.3 million young people are actively participating in the Award.

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“I love – the growth of the students – I could tell you about some wonderful experiences. Being out where they can see seven billion stars for the first time. Trading in their smart phone for a backpack. These days students problem-solve using their thumbs on a screen. Out here, a lost tent can’t be solved by Google. I enjoy seeing [young people] overcome their mental and physical challenges.”

Jim Sumpter, Award Leader

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