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 in May 20, 2010.

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, Supervisors, and mentors. 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

  • 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).
  • Achieving an Award recognizes individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

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