Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Programme at Hudson College

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award was founded by His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people. The programme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and is open to any person between the ages of 14 and 24. Every September, all Hudson Grade 9 students are enrolled in the Award Program.

The Award Concept is one of individual challenge. It offers to young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

It is a voluntary program that encourages young people to set their own goals and work towards achieving them in the areas of community service, outdoor adventure, skill development and physical fitness.

The Award recognizes and celebrates the sustained commitment and achievement of these goals, providing participants with the opportunity to be recognized in their communities and more significantly develop a greater appreciation of their own self-worth and accomplishments.

Participation in the Award identifies a young person who has the initiative to embark upon a voluntary and rigorous program of activities. Achievement at any level is an indication of a young person who is able to sustain a commitment, overcome personal challenge, has developed time management skills, and someone with a well-rounded area of interests and a commitment to their community.

It also enhances any application to post-secondary education and is a significant addition to any resume.

The Essential Philosophy of the Award; Ten Key Points

1. It is non-competitive
2. It is available to all
3. It is voluntary
4. It is flexible
5. It is balanced
6. It is progressive (bronze, silver and gold levels)
7. It is achievement-focused
8. It is a marathon not a sprint
9. It is a process, not a prize

10. It is enjoyable!

For more information, please visit the Duke of Edinburgh website at,

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