Carter Baie received an unusual international award this summer at the Summit in West Virginia–the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award (DofEA). He earned this award after gaining his Eagle Scout award and while working on his Venturing Summit Award. It is a new trifecta of Scouting Awards.
The DofEA program challenges youth worldwide, recognizing them for personal discovery and growth through self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility, and service to the community— all with the aim to achieve a balanced development of life skills.
Carter’s Award Journey
For his award, Carter said that the service part was not very hard since his Lubbock, TX troop is very service oriented.
“You have to complete a certain number of service hours, work on a skill, do a physical activity, and plan a big trip,” he explained.
For his skill, he chose to learn Spanish. His physical project was marching band; his service hours were with his troop and crew. For the required super-activity, he planned for his crew to climb Guadalupe Peak and tour Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
About the Award
Awards come in three educational and non-academic program levels. Each level has the four sections that Carter described. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve that Award. Also at the Gold level, participants complete a Residential Project.
- Bronze is for 14-year-old youth.
- Silver is for 15-year-old youth.
- Gold is for youth over 16.
|This award, introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, became a partnership program of BSA’s in 2010 to inspire our youth to new heights.|
Since it’s 1956 introduction, the program grew to more than 130 countries around the world. 700,000 youth (ages 14 to 25) every year feel inspired to achieve it. Youth who undertake these programs of development can achieve either a bronze, silver, or gold level. Since its start, more than six million awards have been presented and many of those have been Scouts!
For more information about the award see the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website.