Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T. and Kurt Hahn (http://www.kurthahn.org) and Lord Hunt (leader of the first successful ascent of Everest) to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and to their communities. The Award operates in over 100 countries and has become one of the world’s most prestigious youth programs internationally, known as The International Award for Young People. 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the UK.

The Award Program was established in Canada in 1963 and is open to all young Canadians between the ages of 14-25. There are currently more than 30,000 young people participating in the Program in each of the 10 Provinces and 3 Territories, about 10,000 are in Ontario. One hundred and fifty participants receive the silver or gold award annually.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards program provides a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in personal development opportunities and to enhance their leadership skills. It challenges young people to set personal goals and meet criteria in four areas – service to others, out-tripping, physical recreation and learning a new skill – in order to achieve the bronze, silver and gold award expectations.

Every member of the Grade 9 class at HSC will be enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh program and strongly encouraged to complete the Bronze level. Given the nature and focus of the co-curricular and academic programs at HSC, and the fact that all of our Grade 9s will have the Onondaga Camp experience in September, the College is perfectly aligned with the values and qualities of the Duke Program.

One pillar of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program is the Expedition Journey.
At HSC, we embrace the notion of our students participating in outdoor education experiences. We offer the students various opportunities, including Canoe Tripping in Georgian Bay, Dog Sledding in Algonquin Park, Hiking on The Bruce Trail, Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound Courses, Ice Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Winter Camping, Backcountry Snowshoeing, and many more. A student fulfilling this portion of the program not only qualify for his/her award but also become a more confident risk-taker, have a more positive self-image, have a greater appreciation for the environment, and above all else, practise the skills needed to become a positive role model and leader in the community.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is an experience or lesson which is conducted outside the walls of the common “institution”, where social, emotional and physical tasks are presented and dealt with whilst enjoying and appreciating the natural world around us.

This year Hillfield Strathallan College will be providing more opportunities for students to become involved in a variety of out-of-doors related activities and trips. These opportunities are designed to complement and assist students in achieving their goals for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program.

For more information, please contact
Jeff Burrows
905-389-1367, Ext. 127

























































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