The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people through four distinct areas:
- Community Service
- Skill Development
- Physical Fitness
- Adventurous Journey
Since its establishment in Canada in 1963, more than 500,000 young Canadians have taken the challenge which has Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of the Award.
Cadets are entitled to wear the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award pin which is awarded upon successful completion of each level on their uniforms, making it an easy way of saying “that cadet is above average”, since they are not commonly seen on uniforms. The best part about doing this program as a cadet is that the you are already involved in many areas of the challenge without doing anything extra!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is offered to youth between the ages of 14 and 25, and thus cadets must be a minimum of 14 year’s old at the time of registration in the program. There is a $20 registration fee, which is not covered by the Squadron since this is a program offered outside of the regular Air Cadet training.
The staff at 540 Sqn have had extensive experience in the Duke of Ed program with Air Cadet youth and have helped over 100 cadets earn their awards.
For help getting started, speak to Mr. Breithaupt.
For more information about the program visit the official Duke of Ed website.