Duke of Edinburgh 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.
Known around the world as The International Award for Young People, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Young Canadians Challenge program regroups some 565,000 active people, aged from 14 to 25, in more than 108 countries. It is considered a very prestigious award in recognition of their individual efforts and their performance.
Like Air cadets, the Award Program is voluntary and each individual is assessed on effort, improvement and challenge, 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. Many of the hours required in the program are already being done by most of you just by being in the Air Cadets. For example, if you are on the Drill Team, you can use Drill Team practices as a skill development activity or as a physical activity. If you teach on training nights, you meet the community service requirements. For Ontario students who require 40 hrs of community service to graduate, those hours can be put towards the award as well. If you take music lessons, karate, horseback riding lessons, or whatever your interest may be outside of cadets, it can all be used toward the requirements of this program.
The squadron helps facilitate but does not finance the program.
There is a $30.00 initial registration fee and a $30.00 fee for every level after.
To apply to the program and for a registration form or for more information, please see the DofE website for Ontario – Click Here
Questions can also be directed to email@example.com
Schedule - Self-paced.
Any cadet, from any level, may register for the program. The minimum age is 14.
Three award level Duke of Edinburgh pins are available. Only the highest-level award attained is worn on the front left pocket of the uniform tunic.