Duke of Edinburgh program


About the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Conceived by his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, and started in Canada in 1963, the program aims to help young persons develop strength of character, leadership and personal discipline through four sectors of activity: community service, sports activities, skills, and expedition. The awards purpose is similar to the aims of the Air Cadet Program.

For information on how Air Cadet activities help complete requirements for the Award, click here for the Brochure and the Cadet Info Card

More information can be found at –  http://www.dukeofed.org/


Known around the world as The International Award for Young People, the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Young Canadians Challenge program regroups some 565,000 active people, aged from 14 to 25, in more than 108 countries. It is considered a very prestigious award in recognition of their individual efforts and their performance.

Like Air cadets, the Award Program is voluntary and each individual is assessed on effort, improvement and challenge, making the Award attainable by all.

The program allows you to work at your own pace and accumulate a certain number of hours per week in different categories. Many of the hours required in the program are already being done by most of you just by being in the Air Cadets.


Any cadet 14 years of age or older may register for the program.  Cadets must be self-motivated and self-directed.

Qualification Awarded

Three award level Duke of Edinburgh pins are available. Only the highest-level award attained is worn on the front left pocket of the uniform tunic.