The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award encourages 14-24-year-olds to learn practical skills that support personal and professional development.
The Award has three levels (Bronze, Silver, and Gold), each comprised of four sections (Skills, Physical Recreation, Service, and Adventurous Journey). Each level of the award requires completing all four sections. Most of these requirements can be achieved through existing LAS activities, sports, and physical education classes. International Baccalaureate (IB) students find that existing CAS requirements can generally be applied toward the Award.
The principle difference between simply doing an activity versus applying it toward your Award is that for the Award you must establish goals and commit to achieving them over time. You record your progress in an Online Record Book and a supervisor certifies your accomplishments.
The Skills section of the Award encourages you to develop your personal interests and social skills. You can either improve at an existing skill or try something new.
Examples of Skills:
Music - singing, learning to play an instrument, music event management
Sports related - sports officiating, umpiring/refereeing, sports ground maintenance
Arts and crafts - ceramics, embroidery, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, filmmaking
Nature and the environment - agriculture, astronomy, bee keeping, conservation, fishing, forestry, gardening
Communication - film and video, languages, reading, writing, public speaking, journalism, website development
Games - billiards, snooker or pool, chess, darts, backgammon
The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages you to participate in sport and other physical recreation that improves your health and fitness. You also build team skills, self-esteem, and confidence.
The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery during a short expedition. As part of a small team, you'll plan, train for, and undertake a journey "with a purpose" in an unfamiliar environment.
The journey can be either an "exploration" or an "expedition," but must be a challenge. Your goal is to interact with the environment while developing self-confidence, team work, and health. You'll feel out of your comfort zone while still in a safe and secure setting, achieved through training and supervision.
Examples of Adventurous Journeys (explorations and expeditions):
Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies
Exploring river valleys, plant studies, exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution
Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe, or kayak
The Residential Project is ONLY for the Gold Level; it will broaden your horizon through working with others in a residential setting away from your home or school.
You'll share a purposeful experience with people who are not your usual companions, working toward a common goal set out by you and your fellow participants. Through the Residential Project you'll meet new people, explore life in an unfamiliar environment, develop new skills, and, hopefully, have a life-changing experience. The activity spans at least five consecutive days.
Examples of Residential Projects:
Taking a residential language course
Attending an overseas youth camp
Volunteering for a national park, youth parliament, or sports coaching
Crewing on a tall ship
Working for an international charity
Working for an environmental restoration project
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Bronze - at least 3 months
Silver - at least 6 months (longer for direct entry)
Gold - at least 12 months (longer for direct entry)