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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a programme of practical, helpful and adventurous activities designed for use by young people no matter what their background or culture.

Use the link below to see our leaflet on GVCAC working with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. You will need to scroll down to the section on Leaflets for National Operating Authorities.

There are three awards:

• Bronze Award(14+) • Silver Award (15+) • Gold (16+)

Each of the awards is divided into four sections; at Gold Award level a further Residential Project needs to be undertaken.


Aimed to encourage young people to realise that as members of a community they have a responsibility to others and that their time can be well spent. Types of Service could be: helping out at a charity shop; helping at a sports club; volunteering at a animal sanctury.

Special Conditions

Cadets offering service in the GVCAC are required to meet the following special conditions: take on a responsibility within the Unit  - for example recruit training or uniform & etiquette - over the required length of the award. Also attend at least one training course at Regional Level, organise a fund-raising event and help out at out-of-unit activities. A diary of events and duties throughout the period should be kept and endorsed by her Unit Officer. Alternatively the Cadet can undertake her Staff Cadet Award (Silver/Gold Award) or Adult Leadership (Gold Award).


Aimed to encourage the spirit of adventure and discovery. The expeditions must have a purpose which may take the form of a project to record their journey.


Aimed to encourage young people to discover and develop new interests, personal and social skills. Individual progress and sustained interest over a time period is more important than attaining a fixed standard.

Special Conditions - aeronautics

Cadets taking part in Aeronautics for their Skill are required to follow the GVCAC syllabus of Training at the respective levels. The standards for study and progress are:

• Air Ability (Bronze Award)
• Air Ability plus one part of Air Proficiency (Silver Award)
• Air Ability plus two parts of Air Proficiency (Gold Award)

Physical Recreation

Aimed to encourage participation in sport and to show improvement in personal performance.

Special Conditions – Long Distance Marching

Cadets may use the training periods and the actual marches in Holland to qualify under this section.

Residential Project (Gold Award)

Aimed to broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting. It is designed to provide the opportunity for the individual to develop maturity and to accept responsibility.

Special Conditions

Cadets may offer any of the following official activities to qualify for the residential project.
These course usually are of one week’s duration:
• GVCAC National Annual Camps – with specific responsibilities
(i.e. Duty NCO, Activity Helper, NCO i/c Dormitory)
• Attendance at Civilian or MOD Gliding Course
• New Officer Training Course


Click the logo for a link to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

If you would like to join the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme speak to your Unit
Officer or contact Headquarters.