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We are proud of the past and working hard for a better future ...

1956 - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award was born out of HRH The Prince Philip's concern for young people and the future society. He felt that young people needed incentive to direct their energy towards a worthwhile goal. Under the joint effort and guidance of Prince Philip, Dr. Kurt Hahn, a famous educationalist, and Lord Hunt, leader of the first team to conquer Mount Everest, the Scheme was formally announced on 22 February, 1956.

1961 - Mr. George Stokes was sent by the British Welfare Council to develop youth activities in Hong Kong. He then introduced the Award here. As in the UK , the Award was available to boys only.

1963 - Girls were not accepted until 1963. In the same year, the first male Gold Award holder in Hong Kong received his Award.

1966 - The first female Gold Award holder got hers.

1968 - Boys' and a Girls' Sections merged. The Scheme was first administered through a Boys' and a Girls' Sections. These two merged to form a joint Operating Authority in 1968.

1969 - The Scout Association of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Girl Guides Association joined as Operating Authorities. Since then, more and more organizations followed suit.

1973 - In December, the DEA Headquarters in Homantin opened.

1980 - The Scheme also encouraged handicapped participation. The first physically handicapped Gold Award holder received his Award in 1980.

1983 - In the early 60's, the British Forces leased to the Scheme a camp which was named the Stokes Camp. It was renamed The Duke of Edinburgh Training Camp in 1983.

1986 - The camp was later demolished and the new one in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, opened in November, 1986. The Award Committee was renamed the Hong Kong Award Council 1986 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Scheme in Hong Kong. In this year, the Scheme was registered under the Companies Ordinance with limited liability. The Award Committee was renamed the Hong Kong Award Council and the members are appointed by the former Hong Kong Governor.

1988 - The DEA Headquarters moved to Cheung Sha Wan in November.

1991 - The Award in Hong Kong celebrated its 30th Anniversary and hosted the Fourth International Award Forum. 140 delegates from 54 Award countries attended the Forum which was chaired by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh himself and attended by HRH The Prince Edward as well.

1993 - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Water Sports Centre in Sai Kung was inaugurated which has now become a training base for all members.

1994 - In December, the N.T. Award Centre in Tai Po commenced service.

1997 - On 1 April, 1997, the Award was renamed as The Hong Kong Award for Young People. This change marks another milestone in the flourishing development of the Award with its roots reaching out over the territory for the past 35 years.

1999 - In June, the Award Office was renovated.

2000 - In August 2000, the Award co-organized the H.K. - Guangdong Canoeing Challenge Trip with the Hong Kong United Youth Association. It was the first ever canoe team paddling from Hong Kong to a mainland city, thus making a new record in the water sport history in Hong Kong.

In November, Mr. Ronald Arculli, our Council chairman, succeeded HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to be the chairman of The International Award Association.

2005 - In September 2005, The HK Award hosted the 11th International Gold Event. A total of 73 Gold Award holders from 31 countries/cities participated in a 16-day training/exchange programme in which the three major global issues, namely alleviation of poverty, control of HIV/AIDS and environmental conservation were dealt with.

2006 - The 45th Anniversary of the Scheme in HK.

2007 - AYP held “Rogaine24” – the first ever 24-hour team challenge of cross country navigation competition in Hong Kong

2008 - Mr. Simon Ho Che Leung, MBE appointed by the Chief Executive of HKSAR to be the Chairman of AYP

2010 - Mr. Rock C.N. CHEN, BBS, JP appointed by the Chief Executive of HKSAR to be the Chairman of AYP

2011     - The 50th Anniversary of the Scheme in Hong Kong
             - The Award Network was formed in the same year

2014 - The Water Sports Centre in Sai Kung was furbished, and changed its name to The Hong Kong Award for Young People Jockey Club Expeditions Centre

2015 – Renovation Project of N.T. Award Centre was carried out in 2014 and the House Warming Party was held for 29 January 2015

2016 - The 55th Anniversary of the Scheme in HK and The 5th Anniversary of Award Network
          - Mr. LO Yan Lai, JP appointed by the Chief Executive of HKSAR to be the Chairman of AYP
          -The 10th Anniversary of "Rogaine24",the first ever 24-hour team challenge of cross country navigation competition in Hong Kong
          - Renovation Project of Duke of Edinburgh Training Camp was carried out in late 2016 and the Groundbreaking ceremony was held on 11 September 2016. The project is estimated to be finished in 2018 and the Camp will reopen in 2019.

Now -  Currently, there are about 140 countries or cities operating the Programme with totally over 1,000,000 youth participants. To date, we have about 50,000 young people participating in the Award Scheme in 18 registered Operating Authorities running more than 700 youth organizations, secondary schools, tertiary institutes, uniformed groups and government departments in Hong Kong. Since its inception, the HK Award records a total of 3,316 Gold Award, 23,069 Silver Award and 52,879 Bronze Award achievers up to May 2018.

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