The Golden Youth Award Camp 2019

2019 GYA First organizing Committee Meeting

As the spring roll by and the fragrance of the fresh blossoms are out, the team of Golden Youth Award buzz out with its preparation for the most stimulating event of the year. The first organizing committee meeting for the 12th GYA camp was held on 30th April, 2019 in YDF conference hall.

With the rousing excitement and undying promises, the commitee meeting highlighted the updates on 2018 GYA talking in its best practices, feedback and suggestions from the 2018 campers. The committee discussed on its TOR for membership, theme of the 2019 camp, event management and program structures.

This year, the GYA committee is joined by an innovative team named FabLab Bhutan to enrich the programs in a more innovative and fun learning.

This year, the tentative date for the camp is from 4th to 14th July 2019.

Here is one of the reflection on 11th GYA camp by the previous camper.


In the long gown of darkness of the night
Golden Youth Camp 2018 empowered my sight
With the spectrum beam,
And cleared the dust of my eyes.

True in nature with optimistic thought,
For the creams of the nation,
Made to realize the positive deeds ,
It change the course of life and pushed to safer side.

Flawless speech and the feelings it gave
Enlightened every participants each year
Gave the leisure delight
Yet lonely be the time ,l do not despair.

Pejorative feeling it gave and utter darkness vanished
Although our eyes are at a distance,
But they have the same destiny
I am a child ,
I am a youth ,
I was once a participant of GYA camp
The world has waited for my arrival
For l bring joy and happiness
And the future will decide its own tune.
I feel the camp is the twin pillar of the nation ,
The great parent of the civilized human
With a great and clean thought
I pay you my homage and salute to the Camp Organizers.

                                                                          – Phurba Lhaki Sherpa, Dagapela MSS.


Golden Youth Award 2019

Tentative Camp date: 4th to 14th July 2019

Venue: YDF Nazhoen Pelri and Bhutan Institute of Wellbeing

The Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) will be organizing 12th Golden Youth Award Camp in July 2019 at YDF Nazhoen Pelri, Thimphu. GYA camp was first initiated in 2005 to commemorate the 50th birth anniversary of the Fourth DrukGyalpo Jigme SingyeWangchuck.

GYA is a platform created to inspire and motivate the youth to excel holistically and portray excellence beyond academics. The most outstanding person earns the title of the ‘Golden Youth’ and receives a scholarship to study in a prestigious college abroad. So far, YDF has offered nine full scholarships to the GYA winners in United World Colleges across the world. The winner of 11th GYA camp will go to UWC Southeast Asia, Singapore in August 2019.

Every year, 80 outstanding students studying in class 10 are selected from 20 Dzongkhags to take part in the program. While all other programs in YDF focus on helping the disadvantaged and marginalized youth, GYA focuses on recognizing gifted youth to grow as a responsible citizen.  The camp is held in the capital for 10 days where the participants take part in innovation lab, GNH values workshop, capital tour, literary and arts, edutainment programs and other fun learning activities. The program ends with the declaration of the Golden Youth.

Please click here to download the GYA background

Please click here to download the entry form

Please click here to download the guidelines of the selection committee

Please click here to download the selection criteria for GYA

Please click here  to download the logistic details

To view the ‘list of things to bring‘, please click here

For any queries, please write to or or call 02 329135/17999347




Older news – Jan 8, 2018

Laya students visit YDF


On 8th January 2018, 15 students from Laya who were on Winter Educational Tour from 3rd January, visited YDF before their return journey to Punakha.

As soon as they arrived, the students were guided by the Young Volunteers in Action(Y-VIA) to the meeting hall for a brief interactive session. The Executive Director of YDF started with an introduction about the development of YDF and explained its roles and functions. She informed the young children about various opportunities that they uphold and ensured YDF’s support for any developmental projects.

The students were also reminded about their responsibility as highlanders to protect, preserve and contribute to nation building. Sangay, one of the students said that he wishes to share the knowledge he gained from this trip to his family and friends and help initiate various projects at their school. There are a good number of students who are the members of Y-VIA at their school. As a member of Y-VIA, they contributed to society by going on cleaning campaigns and planting trees.

Laya is changing and it is changing fast. With improved road connectivity, it takes about eight hours to reach the gewog that is still considered remote given its location at 4000 meters. Its residents carry android phones and the community has 10 grocery shops. However, a practice that has remained unchanged in Laya is students leaving school, some before completing basic education. Laya Lower Secondary School (LSS) is the only school in the gewog and encouraging youth to pursue higher education remains a challenge for the community.


Older News – Dec 26 2017


To commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of YDF President, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, the Young Volunteers in Action (Y-VIA) organized a blood donation camp on 23 December in 18 Dzongkhags.

The Thimphu Y-VIA organized the blood donation camp at YDF campus. The volunteers and staff also planted dogwood around the compound on the day.

YDF board members, friends, partners, military personnel and volunteers attended the camp along with YDF staff.

We thank everyone for the support and cooperation.


Older news – Nov 14 2017



Do you have books that you enjoyed reading and now you want to share it with others who can enjoy it as well?

Here is the opportunity to help The Bhutan Youth Development Fund build a library with the book donation campaign. We will be doing a book donation drive to create a library where your unwanted or read or a new pile of books will be of use to others who enjoy reading as much as you do. We will be accepting all types and genres of printed products (magazines, science fiction, drama, health, romance, guide, travel, religion, spirituality and new age, history, poetry, diaries, journals, encyclopedias, autobiographies, prayer books, etc).

We will work on collecting them, categorizing them and preparing them until the library is formed. We will also be requesting offices and bookstores to keep a box each in designated spots where they can put in/donate new or gently used books.

We would like to request everyone to help us share about this book drive and also if you have books that you want to donate, please let us know. Arrangement for collection will be made by our office. YDF will keep track of which books you donate, as well as their conditions for any purposes.

For details, please write to  or call our library coordinator at 17564749