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Learn About the Duke of Edinburgh International Award

An Internationally Recognized Achievement

Founded in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth development award with over a million-youth participating in over 140 countries. It is now available to youth aged 14 to 24 as part of the Northern Star Scouting.

The Award is an exciting self-development program focusing on creating global citizens and empowering young people on a journey of personal discovery and development of life skills through service, physical fitness, skill development and an adventurous journey. The Award is achieved through activities within the local community and is largely self-directed. The Award also provides the perfect opportunity to further challenge Eagle, Summit and Quartermaster award holders and keep them connected to Scouting, as well as also work alongside those awards. It can be an alternative to traditional Scout advancement but can also assist Scouts obtain rank.

Award participants were celebrated at a Global Award Ceremony held at the World Scout Jamboree this Summer. Participants, Leaders and Award holders from over 130 + Countries gathered together to celebrate more than 240 inspirational Scouts as they received their awards. Scouts also gathered at Philmont Scout Ranch setting out on treks this summer as part of their Award.

Youth who are 14 – 24 years and interested in participating in the Award, and/or Leaders who would like to facilitate the award in your home unit or district, can either can contact Sarah Lund, Base Camp Program Specialist slund@northernstar.org, Vicki Jurek, Award Coordinator vickijurek@hotmail.com or Bob Gwinn, Award Coordinator, rgwinn@gmail.com for more information. There will also be two upcoming informational sessions at the Leadership Center on Wednesday October 2nd and Wednesday November 6th from 6-8pm as well as a class on Saturday October 26th at University of Scouting.

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