The Duke of Ed Award believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and our aim is to help equip young Canadians aged 14-24 for success in life. By recognizing all of the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors.
The personal journey to earn the Award requires young people to look beyond their comfort zone and tap in to their sense of discovery. Participants set and achieve personal goals in activities they want to experience and develop, making each Award a unique journey. Simply put, they design a blueprint to transform their lives and we support them each step of the way.
Each year in Canada, the Award program continues to expand and reach new communities. There are currently over 50,000 young Canadians enrolled in the program. You can view on-line our 2015 National Fact Sheet for more information.
How it works:
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award recognizes participants’ milestones at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, during which they challenge themselves in the following areas:
- Skill Development
- Physical Recreation
- Adventurous Journey
- Residential Project (Gold Level only)
There are three levels to The Award; Bronze, Silver and Gold. A young person can progress through each level or enroll directly to either the Silver (15 years and up) or the Gold (16 years and up). Each level requires an increasing level of commitment and effort. Young people have until their 25th birthday to complete The Award.
At Bayview Glen, the Duke of Ed Award aligns closely with our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Integrity and Balance. Our students find a variety of unique ways to contribute to the community, experience the outdoors and push themselves to try new activities.