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INTRODUCTION

Ready to get started on your Award? Taking part in the Award requires commitment over time but it is simple to get started and you will reap the rewards for your time and effort. If you are between 14 and 24 years old, want to try something new, to see the world and to receive prestigious certificates while doing what you like, then the Award is exactly what you are searching for!

The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel at the end of the journey will be worth it, because it will be something you did just for YOU! It also looks great on post-secondary applications, scholarships, CV’s and job applications.

AS AN AWARD PARTICIPANT, YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO

/_uploads/images/icons/Desig-red.png Design your own Award program

/_uploads/images/icons/checklist-red.png Set your own goals and record your progress

/_uploads/images/icons/helping-hand-red.png Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service

/_uploads/images/icons/resume-red.png Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development

/_uploads/images/icons/compass-red.png Take up the challenge of an Adventurous Journey

/_uploads/images/icons/connect-red.png Connect with other Award Participants at home and abroad

You can continue with activities you’re already doing, such as sports or volunteering, and count these towards achieving your Award. Or your Award could be an opportunity to try something new and develop a passion for something different.

GETTING STARTED

The Award Program is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 24. First you will need to decide which level is right for you.

THERE ARE THREE LEVELS TO THE AWARD:

Bronze: 14 years

Silver: 15 years

Gold: 16 years

You can start any level as long as you meet the minimum starting age requirement. As a Participant, you have until your 25th birthday to complete your

You can start any level as long as you meet the minimum starting age requirement. As a Participant, you have until your 25th birthday to complete your Award. You may submit your Award after the date, but all activities must be completed by then.

All activities counted toward the Award must be extra-curricular and voluntary.

FOR EACH LEVEL, THERE ARE FOUR SECTIONS TO BE COMPLETED:

/_uploads/images/icons/service_icon_.jpg?a=r|69-69 COMMUNITY SERVICE  Give Back

 /_uploads/images/icons/skills_icon_.jpgSKILL BUILDING  Find Your Genius

/_uploads/images/icons/physicalfitness_icon_.jpgPHYSICAL RECREATION  Break a Sweat

/_uploads/images/icons/adventurousjourney_icon_.jpgADVENTUROUS JOURNEY  Get Wild and Explore

AT THE GOLD LEVEL, THERE IS ONE ADDITION SECTION:

/_uploads/images/icons/residentialproject_icon_.jpg GOLD RESIDENTIAL PROJECT  Go Away with Others and Find Yourself

You’ll create your own program, choosing activities for each section of the Award. This is your Award and it is up to you what you do for each section. It is all about setting a challenge for yourself when you progress and achieving your goals.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AWARD SECTIONS: 

All of have different talents.

This section should stimulate new interests or improve existing ones. These interests are typically of an intellectually challenging or creative nature and may be hobbies, vocational or job-related skills as well as social, individual or cultural activities.

Participants can be encouraged to interact with people who are experienced in the activity and so can share their enthusiasm and knowledge. They may either take up a completely new activity or seek to improve their ability in an activity that they already do.

Through sport, health and well-being are being maintained.

This section should encourage participants to improve their personal physical performance through training and perseverance in their chosen activity. Involvement in physical recreation should be an enjoyable experience, regardless of physical ability.

This section is based on the belief that a healthy body is a good end in itself and can often help to develop a healthy mind.

Be the change you want!

This section seeks to give participants a sense of compassion, to help them become more active, engaged citizens, playing their part in strengthening and improving their communities.

Participants can undertake an activity by volunteering their time to support others, whether that be people, the community, the environment or animals and should learn and benefit from undertaking their service.

The focus of the activity is to provide service to contribute to caring and compassionate communities as well as developing the participant’s character.

Step out of monotony!

This section provides participants with a unique, challenging and memorable experience. The journey, with a clear and agreed aim, must be undertaken in a small group in an unfamiliar environment, requiring determination and perseverance, thus providing a sense of independence, self-sufficiency and discovery.

The key elements of the Adventurous Journey are teamwork in planning and undertaking Practice and Qualifying Journeys against the background of real challenges posed by an unfamiliar environment.

Any place is good, not just at home.

This section gives participants a shared, purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions, working towards a common goal.

It is an additional requirement at Gold level and is an opportunity to use many of the skills developed during the overall Award experience such as teamwork and leadership.

It is an experience that broadens the participant’s outlook and horizons, and can be, for example, a camp, presence in another family – for educational purposes, a trip or a volunteering project in an unknown environment.