How It Works

Step 1: Register

You can either register online immediately OR you can fill out and send in a printed registration form. Either way, you must submit the registration information (either online or via hard copy) and then send the $15 registration fee and a signed waiver to:

The Congressional Award
PO Box 77440
Washington, DC 20013

You only have to register one time, and the minimum age to register is 13 1/2 years old.

Step 2: Set Your Goals

Choose An Advisor. Work with your Advisor to:

  • Study the program guidelines in the Program Book;
  • Review the Record Book (writable version);
  • Develop your goals;
  • Choose activities to accomplish your goals.
  • Once your Advisor has approved your goals, you may begin working to achieve them.

Step 3: Work Toward Your Goals

Work at your own pace. There are no deadlines. Record your achievements in the Record Book (writable version).

Select a Validator for each goal to:

  • Certify that you satisfactorily performed the activities; and
  • Sign your Record Book acknowledging that you achieved your goal in a specific program area.

When finished with the required hours for this level, complete all parts of your Record Book and ask your Advisor to sign the first page. Your Advisor’s signature will certify that your goals were met in each of the four program areas. Make a copy of the Record Book for you and your Advisor. Submit your completed Record Book and any supporting material to the Congressional Award National Office.

The Congressional Award
PO Box 77440
Washington, DC 20013

Step 4: Receive Your Award

Once your submission is approved, you will receive a letter from the Congressional Award. If we have any questions or need additional information during the review process, you will receive a revision letter from your Program Manager. Once the requested revisions are submitted, they can approve your submission. If you earned lower levels with your approval, you will receive them in the mail with your approval letter. Medals are presented locally and may take time to arrange with your local congressional office. Gold Medals are presented annually in Washington, D.C.

Step 5: Move to the Next Level

Work with your Advisor to either set new goals or plan additional activities for your current goals. Remember, you can carry the hours spent earning one award with you to the next level. You will repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 at each award level. Start working toward your next award immediately. A copy of the Record Book can be found here (writable version).