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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, is a non-competitive activity. Participants work towards an award for personal achievement that can be obtained by anyone aged from 14 to 25, regardless of personal ability.

The scheme was started in the late 1950s and has rapidly grown ever since. Around 225,000 participants are taking part in the Award programme at any time in the United Kingdom.

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme began in the United Kingdom, but is now popular throughout the Commonwealth. The Award is also run in other Countries by the International Award Association.

Anyone aged from 14 to 25 may take part in the scheme. Although the scheme is an award for individuals, the scheme is often hosted by many of the youth organisations found within the UK.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is given for an individuals personal achievement, regardless of personal ability.

The Award itself has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. To obtain an award, participants must demonstrate achievement at the appropriate level in various activities in four sections: Service: helping the community (for example, working with a charity) Skills: a hobby, skill or interest (for example, showing progress with a musical instrument); Physical recreation: sports, dance, or fitness; and Expeditions: can be by bicycle, horseback, or water, but most commonly on foot.

The scheme takes, on average, a year to complete Participants aiming for the Gold Award must also take part in one additional fifth section, a residential project. The residential project must be 5 days and 4 nights away from home with unfamiliar people to achieve some form of purposeful enterprise.

Duke of Edinburgh awards are not given lightly, they have to be earned, through sustained personal achievement, over a period of time. As such they are treasured possessions, that are possessed with a sense of pride.

Although there are minor expenses incurred during the scheme. Cost should not be a Barr to participating in the scheme.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

  The level of energy that could be required Energy  
  The level of demand that could be required by your arms Arms  
  The level of demand that could be required by your legs Legs  
  The level of demand that could be required by your sight. Sight  
  The level of demand that could be required by your hearing. Hearing  
  The level of demand that could be required by your speech. Speech  
  The level of demand of Cerebral Learning that could occur as a direct consequence of absorbing factual information. Learning  

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