Congressional award

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The Congressional Award was created by the U.S. Congress to promote and recognize initiative, service and achievement in youth ages 13 1/2 to 24. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Participants set goals with an adult advisor and earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Medals. Medals are presented by a U.S. Member of Congress. Each level involves setting goals in four pro-gram areas:

  • Voluntary Public Service
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Fitness
  • Expedition/Exploration



Congressional award requirements

The Congressional Award is about challenge. It is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you would like to try for the first time.

To earn the Congressional Award, you must first register. Select an adult advisor who will help you set challenging but achievable goals and plan activities to reach those goals. Set goals in ALL four Program Areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

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