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Duke of Edinburgh International Award Now Available in Northern Star Scouting

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 will soon be 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.

Vicki Jurek, Pack 3477 Committee Chair, earned her Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award’s as a youth in Great Britain, as well as Anish Luitel, the Nepalese Scoutmaster who spoke at the Million Dollar Day Breakfast in January and climbed Mt Everest, who earned his Gold Award.

The Award will be a part of the World Scout Jamboree this Summer. Participants, Leaders and Award holders from over 130 + Countries will be gathering at a special Global Gathering at the Jamboree. It will be a chance to meet other award holders, share stories as well as presentations and a commemorative blanket badge.

It is exciting to see the first group of youth starting their Duke of Edinburgh Award after the initial information session in May. We have youth working towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold level of the award. Youth who are 14 – 24 years and interested in participating in the Award, 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. You can also attend one of the two information sessions being held at the leadership center on Wednesday June 19th or Wednesday September 11th from 6:30-8pm.

If there are any leaders who would like to assist in the facilitation of the award in your home unit or district, please contact us for further information.

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