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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme


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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Key Principles of the Award

  • non-competitive - a personal challenge, not a competition
  • available to all - anyone can do it
  • voluntary - it's up to you what you do-it's your leisure time
  • flexible - your programme is designed by you for you.
  • balanced - it will stretch you in all directions
  • progressive - you improve at your own pace
  • achievement focused - you can't fail
  • marathon not a sprint - it takes more than a short burst of enthusiasm
  • personal development - it's the taking part that matters' getting an Award is the icing on the cake
  • enjoyable - it's about getting out there and having fun

You decide: It is up to you to find an activity that you wish to do in your own personal time; maybe something you’re already doing or something you are interested in. Most of all pick something you'll enjoy - it'll make it easier to stick at it.

How much is the activity? It depends on what you are planning to do, some will be expensive, some will be cheap and some will be completely free - it is your choice on how much you want to spend on each activity.

Where can I do an activity? Find out whether this activity can be done in your local area. If it can't, then it might involve you looking further away or searching for another activity. Part of the challenge of doing your Award is finding a local opportunity.

How long do I have to do it? That depends on which level you are working towards and which section you are on. Please see the section pages for the different time requirements by level.

Insurance and safety for an activity: You may need to ask the provider of that activity what training and insurance cover is required or is in place.

Check the activity: Remember to check if what you are planning to do is permitted for the section. The IAYP is very firm on what activities fall into which sections and they cannot be used for more than one section.

Changing your activity: Even though we don't encourage this, if absolutely necessary, you may make one change of activity in each section at each level. You must restart the preparation, training, activity and assessment process and the time spent on both activities will add up to meet the overall time requirements for that section.

Remember to tell your Leader about your plans before you start so you don't waste time on activities which won't count or don't fit into the right section.