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Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program

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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.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program regroups active people, aged from 14 to 25, in more than 114 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, accumulate 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. For example, if you are on the Drill Team, you can use Drill Team practices as a physical activity. If you teach on training nights, you meet the community service requirements. For Ontario students who require 40 hrs of community service to graduate, those hours can be put towards the award as well. If you take music lessons, horseback riding lessons, or whatever your interest may be outside of cadets, it can all be used toward the requirements of this program.


The squadron facilitates but does not finance the program.

There is a $50.00 initial registration fee and a $50.00 fee for every level after.

To apply to the program and for a registration form or for more information, please contact

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Ontario.


Self-paced with planned group activities.

Meetings are held when required.




Any cadet, from any level, may register for the program.

The minimum age is 14.

Qualification Awarded

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