Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available for all young people aged 14 to 24, regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. It is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations. The BSA formally joined the program on May 20, 2010. On January 17, 2018, the BSA and the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA established a national partnership, encouraging Award programs and Scout programs across the USA to collaborate to serve young people.


About the Award

The Award is a program of activities. Each young person who takes part in the Award learns a skill, improves their physical fitness, volunteers in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Success in the Award is measured by regular participation over a fixed period of time while showing commitment and progress in each activity. All participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, and Coordinators. There is a bronze level available to youth age 14 or older, a silver level available to youth age 15 or older, and a gold level available to youth 16 or older. Regardless of the level worked on, all activities must be finished by a participant's 25th birthday.

Key Elements

  • Age: Open to all between the ages of 14 and 24.
  • Three Levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging.
  • Four Sections: Physical Recreation, Skills, Service, Adventurous Journey, plus Residential Project (Gold Level only).
  • Impact: Achieving an Award recognizes individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

The Fundamentals of the Award

  • Requires regular participation in activities to meet the time requirements of each Award Section and Level.
  • Focuses on capacity building by encouraging all young people to make independent decisions and to negotiate priorities through participation.
  • Provides a framework that works with all young people including those at risk, marginalized, in regional and remote communities, and with disabilities.
  • Assists with the provision of social infrastructure in the community and draws together and connects people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion.

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