The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to equip young people for life.
For young people between 14 and 24 years old
Since it was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (husband to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom), over eight million young people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories. Schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, youth organisations such as the Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, young offenders’ institutions, religious organisations, sports clubs and more all run the Award.
The Award is voluntary, non-competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires effort over time. There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals and record their own progress. They choose a Service, Physical Recreation, Skills activity, go on an Adventurous Journey and, to achieve a Gold Award, take part in a residential project. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section
In 2014, Les Elfes has been licensed as one of the first International Trained Activity Providers (ITAP) worldwide to deliver the Adventurous Journey and/or Residential Project of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We are the first ITAP based in Switzerland.
Our staff involved in delivering the Adventurous Journey section have completed the ‘Adventurous Journey Supervisor and Assessor Course’ in Chamonix delivered by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
Situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Les Elfes offer a highly engaging Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme at each of the three stages, Bronze, Silver and Gold enabling participants to really use their imaginaon and creativity in designing their custom expeditions. While being on their adventurous journey, they will have the chance to hike in the Combin region, following trails near Crans-Montana.