Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award program is an excellent opportunity for those who want to improve their skills, become more physically active, learn about local culture, and challenge themselves to become more well-rounded individuals. This program leads young people between the ages of 14 and 25 through a series of challenges that will help them to grow and become more independent.
Each participant must complete a given amount of participation hours in approved activities for three main areas of the program; skill learning, physical activity and volunteer work. They also need to complete an Adventurous Journey which typically includes hikes, camping trips, canoeing, or a research project into a local cultural topic. As one progresses through the levels of the program, the amount of commitment required increases.
The Duke of Ed awards are especially attainable for cadets given that many of the required hours can be completed by participating in squadron activities. For example, a cadet could work on mastering their band instrument, step up in the CAP program, earn physical activity hours from biathlon or drill team, and volunteer in community parades or food drives. Even the Adventurous Journey can be completed with our squadron’s Duke of Ed group!
Upon completion of each level, an award is presented to the participants by prominent figures, starting with an RCMP officer for the Bronze award and ending with the Gold award being presented by a member of the royal family. All interested individuals who meet age requirements are welcome to join!