President's Award - Gaisce

Information

The President's Award is the National Challenge Award given by the President to young people in Ireland between the ages of 15 and 25 years. Recipients of the award get a medal in a presentation box, a certificate signed by the President and a lapel pin.

The purpose of the award is to reward young people who have set and achieved a demanding challenge for themselves in each of 4 different areas of activity:

  • Community involvement, for example, helping older people or learning first aid or lifesaving
  • Personal skill, for example, learning a musical instrument, computer skills or driving
  • Physical recreation, for example, swimming, football or tennis
  • Adventure journey, for example, a cycling, canoeing or hiking group trip.

To achieve the top level of award you must also participate in a residential project, for example, a residential Irish language course, a residential sports course or work in a care home.

Once you have achieved your personal challenges under the guidance of a President's Award Leader (PAL), you will earn your award.

Levels of award

There are 3 levels of award that reflect different levels of time and commitment:

  • Bronze - the minimum age at which you can take part is 15 years
  • Silver - the minimum age at which you can take part is 16 years
  • Gold - the minimum age at which you can compete is 17 years

It is not necessary to undertake the Bronze Award before attempting Silver, or undertake the Silver Award before the Gold.

Bronze Award

To achieve the Bronze Award you must:

  • Participate for a minimum of 1 hour a week for 13 weeks in each of the following 3 areas:
    - Community involvement
    - Personal skills
    - Physical recreation
  • Participate for a minimum of 1 hour a week for an additional 13 weeks in 1 of the 3 areas above
  • Undertake a 2 day, 1 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of:
    - Walking 25km to 35km or
    - Cycling 100km to 130km

Silver Award

To achieve the Silver Award you must:

  • Participate for a minimum of 1 hour a week for 26 weeks in each of the following 3 areas:
    - Community involvement
    - Personal skills
    - Physical recreation
  • Participate for a minimum of 1 hour a week for an additional 26 weeks in 1 of the 3 areas above (not required for Bronze Award holders)
  • Undertake a 3 day, 2 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of:
    - Walking 50km to 79km or
    - Cycling 190km to 220km

Gold Award

To achieve the Gold Award you must:

  • Participate for a minimum of 1 hour a week for 52 weeks in each of the following 3 areas
    - Community involvement
    - Personal skills
    - Physical recreation
  • Participate for a minimum of 1 hour a week for an additional 26 weeks in 1 of the 3 areas above (not required for Silver Award holders)
  • Undertake a 4 day, 3 night adventure journey in a group covering a minimum total distance of:
    - Walking 80km to 110km or
    - Cycling 300km to 350km
  • Participate in a residential project for 5 days and 4 nights

Rates

The cost of entry is €15 for a Bronze, €20 for a Silver Award and €25 for a Gold Award.

How to apply

You need to agree the challenge with a President's Award Leader (PAL) before applying. PALs include teachers in schools, employers, youth leaders, Gardaí and designated individuals in third-level colleges. You should contact the President's Award office if you are having difficulty locating a PAL locally.

When you have explored all the activity options in each section of the award you can agree the challenge. More information is available on the Gaisce website.

When the challenge is agreed you apply and pay the fee online. The PAL will then activate your application on-line so that you can begin the agreed activities for the challenge. The PAL monitors you for the duration of the challenge and signs off at the end, if everything you agreed to has been carried out to the standard of the award.

Where to apply

Gaisce - The President's Award

North Road
Phoenix Park
Dublin 8
Ireland

Tel:+353 (0)1 617 1999
Fax:+353 (0)1 670 7060
Homepage: http://www.gaisce.org/
Email: mail@gaisce.ie

Page edited: 18 May 2015