Duke of Edinburgh Award
Non-competitive: The Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Each participant's programme is tailor-made to reflect their individual starting point, abilities and interests.
Available to all: With a commitment to equal opportunities, the Award Programme is available to all young people who choose to take up its challenge.
Voluntary: Young people make a free choice to enter the programme and commit their own time to undertake the activities.
Progressive: At each level, the Award Programme demands more time and an increasing degree of commitment and responsibility from the participant.
Achievement focused: Before starting an activity, young people are encouraged to set their own goals. If they aim for those goals and show improvement, they will achieve their Award.
Marathon, not a sprint: The Award demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed in a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants may want to continue with activities beyond the minimum time requirements set out for each level of the Award.
Personal development: The Award is a programme of personal and social development. The value to young people is dependent on personal commitment, the learning process and the quality of the experience.