Duke of Edinburgh – Upcoming Hikes

Upcoming Duke of Edinburgh hikes: adventure awaits 

Hikes are being planned now for May and June 2014 and we are looking to confirm students (Duke candidates) and interested responsible adults to accompany experienced hikers on the following (proposed) dates:

  • May 2nd-4th (2 nights)
  • May 10th-11th (1 or 2 nights)
  • May 17th-19th (2 or 3 nights)
  • June 6th-8th (1 or 2 nights)

For each hike, in addition to adult volunteers and experienced hike leaders, we will need at least one employee of the English/French School District and several responsible adults. There are currently about 10 students who are completing Bronze, about 55 who are working toward Silver and about 18 who are just about finished Gold. We are hoping to offer a Gold Award hike in early September for candidates who complete their Silver by the middle of August.

Please let Gillian Browne, the Duke lead at Gonzaga, know as soon as possible which dates best suit so we can begin specific planning. She can be reached at gillianbrown@esdnl.ca or 709-753-7510. Tents and other equipment can be borrowed from the Duke inventory; you will likely be required to borrow or buy some items, especially good hiking boots.

Once dates and participants are confirmed, we will coordinate training and all preparations required for successful adventurous journeys.

Details about the new international standards and the specific number of days and nights required for expeditions at each award level are at http://www.dukeofed.org/international-award-standards.

If you’d like to coordinate an additional date or propose a different adventure (canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, dog sledding…) or if you’d rather do an exploration (instead of an expedition), Trudy Carlisle with the Duke office is the best contact for more details.

As mentioned, in order to volunteer in any capacity with students, you need a certificate of conduct from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). More information is available atwww.rnc.gov.nl.ca/services/CertificateConduct.html. In order to waive the fee, please print this Letter requesting Certificate of Conduct and have it accompany your application. This form is not needed if you are already a school district employee. And the certificate is sent directly to Gonzaga; you don’t have to pick up or deliver.

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