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YOU LIVE IT. YOU EMBRACE IT. NOW SHARE IT. We're looking for inspiring, social media savvy #dukeofed participants to become our next Duke Delegate. Starting today, the search is on! Go to 👉👉 dukeofed.org/dukedelegatesearch #mondaymotivation #dukelife #31daysofduke
Its never too early to explore.
Is it to early to start dreaming of all the places you'll explore on your Adventurous Journey? Not for @Jennrozendaal! 📸 by @jennrozendaal - #summer #alberta #explorecanada #nature #adventurousjourney #dukeofedcanada #water #lake #mountains
Thank you Heritage Canada
We here at The Duke of Ed would like to extend a big, heartfelt thank you to Heritage Canada for their support in allowing 100 youth to come together at this year’s LEAD event. The atmosphere at LEAD was transformative – one look at our camp recaps and images , and you can see how this donation has made a difference in the lives of the participants, and the magnitude of what this does in forging the leaders of tomorrow. While everyone enjoyed the sun and fresh air with various outdoor activities, participants also took part in workshops that assisted in their leadership development. Two of the workshops specifically focused on embracing our Canadian Heritage. And that’s the true meaning behind being Canadian, isn’t it? Sharing, and working together to create a country that we can all be proud of. Thank you Heritage Canada for sharing this experience with The Duke of ED 2016 LEAD campers.
To celebrate 60 years of the Duke of Ed, HRH The Countess of Wessex is cycling with a team of seven people 445 miles from from Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London in seven days. She is raising money through the DofE Diamond Challenge for the UK Award’s work with disadvantage and vulnerable young people. Before her training, The Countess had never been on a road bike before. When speaking to Rhiannon Mills of Sky News she admitted that she feels "Nervous, very nervous. Quite terrified." That is the crux of the Diamond Challenge. While her biking is a money raising effort, it is also an extension of an Award that encourages you to rise above your fears to excel in areas that you’ve yet to explore. It is through these new challenges that we discover the most about ourselves as individuals.
Finding success in each other
Here at the Duke of Ed, we understand that no one person can go it alone. While the Duke of Ed is an individual challenge, participants thrive by understanding that they are a part of a collective. Our choices as individuals establish the fragments that build the framework of our communities. So, even though earning an Award is an individual achievement, always remember that the path to success is filled with mentors, and friends who encourage us, and support us along the way.
The Prime Minister's Youth Council
Hey there Duke of Ed peeps! Are you a passionate individual bursting with great ideas that you think will help make our country a better place, but you aren’t too sure what to do with them? Well, do we have an exciting opportunity for you! The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Minister of Youth, has launched the very first Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Approximately 30 youth from all across Canada will meet directly with the Prime Minister to provide non-partisan (non-biased) advice on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate and clean growth, and many others.
Every day is Mandela Day
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award empowers young people to make a difference in their community by encouraging them to look beyond their comfort zone to tap into their sense of leadership and discovery. Participants of The Duke of Ed live by Mandela’s mantra that “it is in your hands now.” Nelson Mandela saw himself as a servant of the people. He understood that each individual has the responsibility to change our world for the better, and that rings especially true with our generation.
Canada's Parks Day
People have long been inspired by the wonder that is the Canadian landscape. Even today, we continue to be awed by the marvels that nature provides. However, in the hustle and bustle of every-day life, it is easy to forget that there is a world beyond our computers – beyond money and cars and material things. There is an old Native American saying that states:
In our Duke of Ed's top ten guide to must have hiking necessities, the #1 item on our list is a first aid kit. While we pointed out that you can pick up a kit from the Canadian Red Cross, it is also possible to build your own kit from items found in your home. It always helps to have a list handy to make sure that you don't forget anything before you head out on your Adventurous Journey. To make your life easier, we have provided a first aid kit check list that you can print out for use while you are preparing for your journey. Happy packing!
The Duke of Ed's Top Ten Guide to skills you can learn today
The purpose of The Duke of Ed’s skills section is to “explore your potential,” by discovering new abilities and interests that ignite your passion. If you’re sitting here thinking “but I’m not good at anything,” we are here to tell you how wrong you are. That’s right – we said it! You’re wrong! Everyone is good at something. Sometimes, it takes trying new things to discover what we don’t like, before the possibilities of what we do like begin to emerge. To get you started, here is a list of ten skills you can learn to push you further along your journey to the Award.
The Duke of Ed's Top Ten Guide to Volunteering 101
At The Duke of Ed, we strongly believe that a culture of giving and volunteerism is key to a successful society. Community service helps to build meaningful connections through experience. It’s as rewarding for you as it is for others! For more than a decade, Canadian Youth have volunteered more than any other age group in the country, and The Duke of Ed is proud to encourage growth in the Community Service sector through the Awards program. When thinking about where you want to volunteer, ask yourself what kind of impact you want to have, what skills you want to gain, and ultimately, what kind of person you are hoping to become. Determining where your passions lie will help narrow down the scope of possibilities for where you want to volunteer. To get you started, here is a list of a few organizations where your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
5 reasons to be a proud Canadian on Canada Day
Today marks Canada’s 149 th birthday, and as Canadians, we have a lot to be grateful for. Here at The Duke of Ed, we want to take a moment to remember all of the great reasons we have to be proud Canadians on Canada Day.
Social Media Day
It seems as though in the twenty-first century, every day of the calendar has a designation, and at the outset, Social Media Day seems like another frivolous holiday – a generic day for people and corporations to throw a hashtag onto. However, The Duke of Ed recognizes that we are living in a globalized era, and we are lucky enough to bear witness to the digital revolution occurring right before our eyes. In 2010, Mashable launched Social Media Day to celebrate the impact that social media has had on communication, as it offers a variety of options for the entire world to see.
International Mud Day
As the wise philosopher Ms. Frizzle hath said “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” Today is International Mud Day, and the best way to celebrate? By getting your hands dirty! Founded as a reminder of the connection we have with Mother Earth, two members of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children , Gillian McAuliffe from Western Australia, and Bishu Bhatta from Nepal, discussed the challenges children face in the world today. One of their most pressing challenges? Encouraging kids to appreciate the world around us. While many recoil from muddy environments, it is hard to match the energizing and connective feeling of running dirt through your fingers and toes. The importance of mud cannot be understated – mud acts as the foundation for frog and bird homes, and its nutrients sustain gardens for many different plants in our ecological communities. Working in your community garden is a great way to make a difference and for participants to complete their community service for The Duke of Edinburgh’s ...
Top ten summer activities to get you moving
Summer is finally here, and as Canadians, we know we must cherish, and take advantage of the few warm months that our country has to offer. The prevalence of technology however, stilts motivation and keeps many of us glued to our computer and televisions screens even in the summer. The Duke of Ed recognizes, and is concerned about the epidemic of inactivity among Canadian youth. More than 26% of children and youth are overweight or obese. That is 1.6 million people! Exercise is important not just for your physical health, but it is incredibly important for your mental health as well. Exercise increases both serotonin production and release. Serotonin is the chemical in your brain that carries signals between nerves and is responsible for maintaining your mood balance. A fun activity can lift you out of a bad mood, build your confidence, and create lasting friendships all the while reducing stress. After a great day of exercise, you’ll sleep better at night, leaving you nice and refreshed for the next warm summer morning. Here are just a few ideas to get you moving. Don’t be afraid to leave your own fun ideas in the comments!
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Despite our organizations name, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is about more than earning an award – it’s about making a difference in your community, and most importantly, it’s about making a difference within yourself. By setting and achieving personal goals in Community Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation, Adventurous Journey and Residential Project, participants surprise themselves with how much they can truly accomplish. Through each experience, and through each accomplishment, young people begin to learn who they are, all while continuing to shape their identities.
Golden Moment. Today this dapper young fellow @jollysaint_nicholas along with 53 other amazing young Canadians from #manitoba were recognized for their awesomeness of accomplishing the #goldaward. Congrats to this stellar group who are on their way to great things. 🎉👏🏻 - - - #dukeofed #dukeofedcanada #accomplishment #metaprince #future #goals #hrhprinceedward #canada #youth #crushedit #rockstars #ceremony #gold