Duke Of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for young people aged 14-25.
The Award programme consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each have differing criteria for entry and the level of achievement necessary to complete each award
The Air Training Corps is the Commonwealth's largest and highest achieving operator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. At any one time there are 15,000 cadets participating in the scheme, and 3000 Air Cadets per year gain gold, silver and bronze awards - in fact, the first ever recipient of the Gold Award was an Air Cadet. Incidentally, His Royal Highness Prince Philip is the ATC's Air Commodore-in-Chief. Air Cadets who meet the age criteria can join the award scheme, and gain the badges shown at right, to wear on their uniform.
Each award is broken down into 4 areas (5 for gold) which participants must complete successfully to receive their award. These are:-
- Skills Demonstrate ability in almost any hobby, skill or interest
- Physical Recreation Sport, dance and fitness.