The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA acknowledges the death of our Founder HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT on April 9, 2021. While it is a sad occasion, it is also a day to celebrate all that he achieved. Sixty-five years ago, His Royal Highness established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK. Since then, it has been delivered in more than 185 countries and territories at one time or another, equipping and empowering millions of young people to build the skills, confidence and resilience they need to support their communities and be ready for the world.

About The Award

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. It is a global award that allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources.
There are four Sections of activities for all Award levels, plus a Residential Project for the Gold Award only.

Voluntary Service

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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