Are you a 14-25 year old who wants to:
- Experience real adventures?
- Have fun while pushing your limits?
- Build your employability skills?
Then The Duke of Ed is for you!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised program for anyone aged 14 to 24 where you will Volunteer in your community, develop Skills, join in Physical Recreation, and embark on Adventurous Journeys.
Putting your hand up to get involved in the Awards is just the start of the big adventure that awaits. The experience is different for everyone, but there are some things we can guarantee:
You will be challenged. You’ll step outside your comfort zone. You’ll have adventures into the unknown. You’ll help others. You’ll develop your confidence, your resilience, your employability skills; and you’ll discover that you’re capable of things you didn’t dream were possible before doing your Award.
The Duke of Ed is designed over three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. You can enter at any level providing you meet the age requirements outlined in the table below. To achieve each level, you create your own unique program of activities over a set length of time across four Sections:
- Service – To develop and encourage a sense of community spirit and responsibility to others
- Skill – To encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills
- Physical Recreation– To encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement in physical fitness and performance
- Adventurous Journey – To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
- Residential Project*- To broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting *Gold level only
1. Register with your Award Unit. Agree what level you will do.
NOTE: Parental/Guardian consent is required for Participants under 18 years of age.
2. Receive your Record Book/access to the Online Record Book.
NOTE: Payment must first be made. Please confirm directly with your Award Leader where payment should be made.
3. Decide on your activities for each Section. Discuss with your Award Leader.
NOTE: You do not have to decide on all activities for each Section in order to start your Award. You may decide to start one Section before deciding on activities for the other Sections.
4. Identify your Assessors and invite them.
For each Section of the program, you will need to find appropriate Assessors to mentor you in each activity. The role of the Assessor is to monitor your progress towards your goal and write a short report at the conclusion of your activity period. An Assessor is someone who:
- Is over the age of 18
- Is more skilled, experienced or qualified in the activity than you
- Is not an immediate family member
- Is able to help you set a goal for the activity
- Is able to oversee your progress
- Will write a report outlining your achievements
5. Set goals with your Assessors and decide which activity you will do for your Major Section
6. Let your Award Leader know who your Assessors are and what goals you are hoping to achieve.
NOTE: Your Award Leader needs to approve your Assessors before they commence their role.
7. Start your Activities.
8. Keep at your activities for the required time. Pursue your goals.
NOTE: Don’t forget to do your activities regularly (at least 1 hour per week or 2 hours per fortnight). In the case of Service, this may be four hours per month (in block time periods where project based service warrants this) dependent on Award Leader approval.
9. Complete the required Adventurous Journey training and preparation, go on your practice journey(s) and do your qualifying journey.
10. Remember to keep your Record Book up to date and to keep your Assessors and Award Leader informed of your progress.
NOTE: Try to keep a journal or diary. You may like to take photos, shoot video, or record a soundtrack.
11. Get your Assessors to complete their final assessment report and sign off that Section when you have finished the activity.
NOTE: You may finish your activities at different times. Make sure you contact each Assessor at the time of completing each Section.
12. Submit your Record Book/Online Record Book to your Award Leader for approval once all Sections are completed by both you and your Assessors. The Record Books are then sent to Duke of Ed Victoria for final assessment and approval.
NOTE: the assessment turnaround can take up to two weeks; in peak periods, three weeks. If your Record Book is approved, it will be sent back to the Award Leader along with a certificate and badge. If it’s not approved, the Record Book will be returned with a note advising what you need to do to ensure the Award is completed and approved.
13. CONGRATULATIONS! You have achieved your Award.
14. Award Ceremonies and celebrations
Depending on your school, you may be able to participate in an Award Ceremony or celebration for achieving your Award. Please let Duke of Ed Victoria know if and when this is happening because we would love to attend and celebrate your achievements with you!
Everyone that completes their Gold Duke of Ed Award, is invited to attend our special Gold Award Gala. Stay tuned for updates by checking your inbox and reading our monthly newsletter, Award Edge.