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A Guide to completing you Duke of Edinburgh's Award with World Challenge

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and why should I get involved?

The concept of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) is simple – anyone aged 14 to 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

The Award is internationally recognised. Operating i over 130 countries, today more than 1.3 million young people are taking part. Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives.

Because Award programmes are all about getting out there, having fun and self-development, everyone can achieve something. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an adventurous journey and at Gold level only, taking part in a residential activity.


What do I need to do to achieve my Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award?

The programme is made up of four sections (five at Gold). Over the required time you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week. You can count a maximum of 4 hours every 28 days towards your Award. You’ll need to show persistence, commitment and personal development.


Bronze (14+ years old)

To achieve your Bronze Award, you need to complete the following sections:

Silver (15+ years old)

To achieve your Silver Award, you need to complete the following sections:

Gold (16+ years old)

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete the following sections:


Choosing activities:

There are a lot of activities you may already be doing that can count towards your Award. Here are a few examples to help get you started:

Service:  Coach or manage a sports team, fundraise for a charity, volunteer at the SPCA, become a leader at a youth club, help with an emergency services team such as surf life-saving.

Physical: do a sport such as soccer or netball, athletics, skiing, kayaking, kickboxing, horse riding, running, dancing

Skills: play a musical instrument, learn a craft such as jewellery making,  learn to drive, referee or umpire for a sport, learn sign language, drama, photography

Adventurous Journey or Exploration: This is something that you will plan for, it involves being part of a team and completing an adventurous Journey for a set number of days. Journeys do not have to be done on foot, they can also be done on horseback, in a boat, on a bicycle – in fact anything without an engine!

Residential Project (Gold Award only): attend a residential programme for five days and four nights with people you don't know and undertake purposeful activity - eg helping at a youth camp, conservation work, attend a youth event overseas.


How World Challenge can help you gain your Award:

For over 30 years, we've enabled transformative travel experiences right around the world.  These experiences complement school learning, giving students the opportunity to become true life-learners and true global citizens.

World Challenge provides two sections of the Award - the Adventurous Journey and Gold Residential Project.


Getting started:

Step 1:   Decide which level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme you would like to do – this will depend on your age, time commitments etc

Step 2:   Talk to the Award Leader and arrange to register to do your Award programme

Step 3:   Decide with your Award Leader what you are going to do for each section of your Award programme and find an appropriate Assessor who is not a family member

Step 4:   Get started! Don’t forget to log your progress on ORB, our online record book, and ask your Assessors to sign off each section as you complete them

Step 5:   Once your Award programme is complete, speak to your Award Leader who will arrange for you to receive your certificate or badge. They can also advise you about starting the next level of the Award if appropriate.


How long will it take?

The time it will take to complete your programme and achieve an Award is in many ways down to you. The shortest time in which you can complete your Bronze programme is 6 months; your Silver programme, 6 months; and your Gold programme, 12 months. During your programme you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week over this time. You can count a maximum of 4 hours every 28 days towards your Award.

Don’t forget – you have until your 25th birthday to complete any programme and achieve an Award!

Find out more…

Talk to your Award Leader to get more information.


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Main contact person – Rachel Horsburgh

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