Hanging out on the Brewster Lake Canoe route going for the Duke of Ed Adventurous Gold award.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a United Kingdom charity program that encourages personal development for youths aged 14 to 25. All three levels of achievement (bronze, silver and gold) are voluntary and self-driven. The ‘expedition’ component of the award can be earned by taking part in a WYLD summer expedition or school based trip to Strathcona Park Lodge.

To find out more about the award and why someone would want to do it go to their website, www.dukeofed.org.

Students participating in the DOE must inform their instructor at the start of the Expedition. It is the students responsibility to complete the section on the qualifying journey and then give the record book to their instructor the evening prior to departure. Record books will not be signed if submitted late. Instructors will only complete the assessors section if the student has sufficiently achieved the requirements and accurately filled in the record book.

Please find the preparation information by clicking “Duke-of-Edinburgh-Preliminary-Training” In this document you will find information regarding safety precautions, map and compass work, first aid, food preparation and general camp craft techniques. You will find the appropriated worksheet in the section for the different Levels. The worksheet must be handed in to your instructor or school sponsor prior to the overnight trip. There is a bit more of the Preliminary Training that we’ll go over with you when you are here. In order for their instructor to sign your record book you must hand in the attached worksheet

Duke of Edinburgh Preliminary Training

The Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award is intended to develop self-reliance and encourage participants to develop an awareness of the natural environment, and the importance of protecting it. One aspect of undertaking the journey is appropriate training in a variety of disciplines. In order to make the most of your time at Strathcona Park Lodge we’ve prepared some information and a worksheet to cover some of this training.

The Duke of Edinburgh Preliminary Training and the accompanying worksheet must be handed in to their instructor or school sponsor prior to the overnight trip. There is a bit more of the Preliminary Training that we’ll go over with your son or daughter when they are here. In order for their instructor to sign your son/daughter’s record book they must hand in the attached worksheet and complete the other required preliminary training.

We have created a document to assist you in your “Preliminary Training” which you can download by clicking “Duke-of-Edinburgh-Preliminary-Training.” In this document you will find information regarding safety precautions, map and compass work, first aid, food preparation and general camp craft techniques.

Note: A detailed Route Card outlining the planned route and time table of the journey, as well an alternate emergency route, must be submitted to the assessor before the journey. Relevant medical information on each participant should also be given to the assessor prior to any journey.

Bronze Level

The bronze level is the most commonly met level of achievement on a school based trip to Strathcona Park Lodge.

To meet the requirements for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Award you must meet the following requirements:

– Duration of journey = two days including one night away
– Required hours to be spent on a planned activity = an average of six hours per day

We have made a worksheet to assist you in achieving your bronze adventurous journey which you can find by clicking Bronze Preliminary Training Worksheet

Silver Level

To meet the requirements for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Award you must meet the following requirements:

– Duration of journey = three days including two nights away
– Required hours to be spent on a planned activity = an average of seven hours per day

We have made a worksheet to assist you in achieving your silver adventurous journey which you can find by clicking Silver Preliminary Training Worksheet.

Gold Level

To meet the requirements for the gold Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Award you must meet the following requirements:

– Duration of journey = four days including three nights away
– Required hours to be spent on a planned activity = an average of eight hours per day

We have made a worksheet to assist you in achieving your gold adventurous journey which you can find by clicking Gold Preliminary Training Worksheet and Calorie Information for (DOE) GOLD Level.