The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and why should I get involved?
The concept of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) is simple – anyone aged 14 to 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold
Award.
Because Award programmes are all about getting out there, having fun and self-development, everyone can achieve something. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an
adventurous journey and at Gold level only, taking part in a residential activity.
What do I need to do to achieve my Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award?
The programme is made up of four sections (five at Gold). Over the required time you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week. You’ll need to show persistence, commitment and personal development.

Choosing activities

There are a lot of activities you may already be doing that can count towards your Award. Here are a few examples to help get you started:

Service: Coach or manage a sports team, fundraise for a charity, volunteer at the SPCA, become a leader at a youth club.

Physical: Do a team sport such as soccer or netball, athletics, skiing, kayaking, kickboxing, horse riding, running, dancing.

Skills: Play a musical instrument, learn a craft such as jewellery making, referee or umpire for a sport, learn sign language, drama and theatre skills.

Adventurous Journey or Exploration: This is something that you will plan for, it involves being part of a team and completing an expedition for a set number of days.

Residential Project (Gold Award only): attend a residential programme for five days and four nights with people you don’t know and undertake purposeful activity – helping at a youth camp, attend a youth event overseas.

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