May 21, 2013 - 12:25 PM
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Certificates were presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of York to 100 youth from across British Columbia at Government House in Victoria on May 18, 2013. These certificates are awarded in recognition of the youth completing the requirements for the Gold Award Level.
To earn this Award, the Achievers must complete five sections of the Award program: volunteer service, a skill, physical recreation, an adventurous journey, and a residential project. The Award is presented to the Achiever in the form of a lapel pin and a certificate.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an international youth award for participants between the ages of 14-25. It is a fully inclusive program, without academic requirements for participation. Currently, there are 7 million participants in 141 countries; with approximately 5,000 participants in the British Columbia & Yukon Division. More than 37,000 Canadian youth are currently participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program, either as independents or members of organized groups such as Cadets, Guides, Scouts, Community Centres, Churches, Friendship Centres, or Schools.
The Cadet Program is the largest federally-sponsored youth program in Canada that includes the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets. It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Forces.
Const Fred Arnold is a member of the RCMP and also a member of the Canadian Forces as an Air Cadet Instructor. Cst Arnold attended the ceremony this past weekend and received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Level, which he has achieved through the Air Cadet Program.
"I sincerely believe both programs instil in youth attributes of good citizenship, leadership, physical fitness and more," said Cst Arnold. From personal experience, he can attest to the fact that the youth of our community can greatly benefit from their participation in these programs.
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