Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award aims to provide for young people an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach.

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.