INTRODUCTION The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a non-competitive, internationally recognized program designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits.
The Award is about personal challenge and development and is adaptable according to each participant’s interests and abilities. The strength of the Award is our ability to readily partner with other youth organizations through leader development and resource sharing.
The Award concept is one of individual challenge. It presents young people a balanced, not-competitive program of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.
The unique flexibility of the Award makes it ideally suited to easy adaptation and integration into different cultures and societies. The basic principles of the Award remain the same but the activities and delivery continue to evolve and adapt to suit the changing demands of modern society and the varying needs of young people. The Award is now an international program recognized and used by organizations working with young people throughout the world. The Duke of Ed program is NOT a quick program you can squeeze into a weekend, it requires commitment over time. The time and efforts put into the program will give you a sense of accomplishment at the end, that the journey was well worth it.
It is something you did just for YOU!
It also looks great on post-secondary applications, scholarships, CV’s and job applications.
AS AN AWARD PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO:
Design your own Award program
Set your own goals and record your progress
Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service
Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
Take up the challenge of an Adventurous Journey
Connect with other Award Participants at home and abroad
You can continue with activities you’re already doing, such as sports or volunteering, and count these towards achieving your Award. Or your Award could be an opportunity to try something new and develop a passion for something different.
GETTING STARTED The Award Program is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 24. First you will need to decide which level is right for you.
THERE ARE THREE LEVELS TO THE AWARD:
Bronze: age 14+
Gold: age 16+
You can start any level as long as you meet the minimum starting age requirement. As a Participant, you have until your 25th birthday to complete your Duke of Ed Award. You may submit your Award after the date, but all activities must be completed by then. All activities counted toward the Award must be extra-curricular and voluntary.
FOR EACH LEVEL, THERE ARE FOUR SECTIONS TO BE COMPLETED:
COMMUNITY SERVICE Give Back
SKILL BUILDING Find Your Genius
PHYSICAL RECREATION Break a Sweat
ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY Get Wild and Explore AT THE GOLD LEVEL, THERE IS ONE ADDITION SECTION: GOLD PROJECT Go Away with Others and Find Yourself
You'll create your own program, choosing activities for each section of the Award. This is your Award and it is up to you what you do for each section. It is all about setting a challenge for yourself when you progress and achieving your goals.
REGISTRATION (New): You can complete the award program as an individual participant or a participant under an award unit (RCACC 3125 Calgary Highlanders) and have a leader coach/guide you through. Each participant is responsible for the full cost of the registration fee at each level. However, when level is completed during the time as a cadet, Army Cadet League of Alberta (Southern Zone) will reimburse the fee upon request.
If you have any questions, please speak with the Commanding Officer.
Camp Chestermere 1041 E Lakeview Rd, Chestermere, AB T1X 1B1
The 3125 Calgary Highlander Cadet Corps parades every week on Tuesdaysnight at 1830hrs to 2130hrs. Feel free to come down and speak with one of our staff. Cadets is a zero cost youth program from teens aged 12-18 that welcomes both boys and girls! All that is needed to join is a valid birth certificate and health care card!