Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program
Conceived by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, and started in Canada in 1963, the program aims to help young persons develop strength of character, leadership and personal discipline through four sectors of activity: community service, sports activities, skills, and expedition. The awards purpose is similar to the aims of the Air Cadet Program.
Like Air Cadets, the award program is voluntary and each individual is assessed on effort, improvement, and challenger, making the award attainable by all.
The program allows you to work at your own pace, accumulate certain number of hours per week in different categories. You are able to put time in cadets towards the hours needed, or if you participate in outside activities like music lessons, horseback riding, soccer, or what ever your interest may be, it can all be used toward the requirements of this program.
Summary of Award Criteria
Duke of Edinburgh Awards website