The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a non-competitive program in which participants set and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness and adventure.To date over 500,000 youth from Canada and over 7 million youth in 130 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.  It is open to all young Canadians age 14 yrs to 24 yrs old, and has three levels: 

  • Bronze (for ages 14 yrs and up)
  • Silver (for ages 15 yrs and up)
  • Gold (for ages 16 yrs and up) 

YLSBC offers all three levels of this international program which has had an immense impact on the members that have completed it.

Registration for this program is open year round.

Learn How the Program is Changing Lives


The program has helped me greatly improve upon my social and organizational skills, and through the program’s well rounded expectations, I have managed to grow more as a person in every aspect. Moreover, the team of volunteers … make everyone feel welcome and do their best to help and ensure that all of the participants feel comfortable in their surroundings. The Duke of Edinburgh program is highly beneficial in every aspect and ...will create memories and bonds that last a lifetime.
— Keerthana, Silver Level Participant
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program enabled me to rethink what motivation, challenge, and determination mean. It taught me that when you put your fears behind you and take a step out of your comfort zone, you may fall, but you’ll get back up and accomplish something bigger. My Duke of Ed experience inspired me to meet new people and take risks...I’ve learned many important skills and met a variety of people, leading me to believe that my memories formed in Duke will last a lifetime.
— Griha, Gold Level Participant
The Duke of Ed program has benefited me both, as a physical and a mental character. It has taught me many life skills, and established life-long memories for me. The Duke of Ed program shows you how to be a leader, and gives you real-life situations where without leadership, you would not be able to survive.
— Aditya, Bronze Level Participant
Initially we did have some hesitations regarding the Duke Program. Once we came to know about the program we felt that it is the best thing that could have ever happened to our daughter. She gained a lot of experiences a participant, a mentor and a leader. Her organizational skills have improved, she is becoming a people’s person and is able handle any situation with a lot of maturity.
— Gnaneswari, Parent
We are very happy and proud to be a part of this program as it has brought out the best in our kids. It has taught them how to challenge themselves and be successful in many situations by being self-motivated, learning the leadership qualities and responsibilities, and give back to the community. Thanks to the leaders and volunteers for guiding our kids to achieve great heights.
— Ganesh and Priya, Parents