Exploring Canadian wilderness, learning new hard and soft skills, and becoming an active member of a community of young adults who are eager to learn and explore are just a few of the exciting adventures that await during our Duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver level expeditions here at Bark Lake. Bark Lake has been working with their partners, Columbia International College, for the past 3 years to make the Duke of Edinburgh award accessible for the students. As the Coordinator for Bark Lake’s Duke of Edinburgh award, and having worked as an out-trip leader previously, I must say it is incredible to watch what the students are capable of when appropriately challenged.
Throughout this journey, students are taught the hard skills needed to be outside for an extended period of time. The students learn how to set up a tent and sleep in it, how to choose and pack their food, what to pack and what to wear, how to light a fire, and how to make delicious meals over a campfire or stove. These are all valuable skills that will help the students in their next outdoor adventure; however I feel that what the students really gain is the emotional experience of completing this challenge. They are given the knowledge that they are capable, the confidence to go outside, the opportunity to create friendships and unforgettable memories with their newly formed team. The completion of this adventurous journey results in students debriefing about their personal pride in achieving a new milestone, the gratitude for their new found friendships, and the knowledge and skills they gained.
To learn more about your school’s potential Duke of Edinburgh expedition at Bark Lake, please do not hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org