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Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program


Based on feedback received from students and their families, as well as hike leaders, bronze hikes will take place as follows:


Practice/Day Hike:


Saturday, May 10th with a backup date of Sunday, May 11th in the event of bad weather.  There will be a “mandatory” backpack check on Wednesday, May 7th at 8:00 p.m. at the school, with hike route to be advised.


Qualifying/Overnight Hike:


Saturday, May 24th & Sunday, May 25th.  The backpack check will take place on Wednesday, May 21st at 8:00 p.m. at the school, with hike route to be advised.  Please note this is not the Victoria Day weekend.

Some students only require the qualifying hike, while others require both hikes.  Failure to attend one or both backpack checks will “disqualify” you from attending the hike.  A parent/guardian “must” attend the backpack check with the student as permission forms must be signed in order to participate in the hike(s) and please bring along the student MCP# for form completion.


A limited number of tents and stoves are available through Lionel Porter at the school.  For purposes of the practice hike, if you do not have these items, the school will distribute these items among students at the backpack check to share and carry on the hike for practice purposes only, in preparation for the overnight hike.    Students should then make every effort to acquire/borrow stoves and tents to share among small groups for the overnight qualifying hike, if at all possible.  If you are unable to acquire these items, please advise the school and we will attempt to lend and share these items among as many students as possible.


Please refer to the “Equipment List” to start preparing for your backpack check, keeping in mind that you must pack for the practice hike the same as you would for the overnight hike.  Properly fitting backpacks, hiking boots and two poles are essential items to the success of your hike(s).


Please contact your parent group leader or the school if you have any questions or concerns prior to the backpack check or call Lionel Porter at 753-8240 or email at lionelporter@esdnl.ca.  Thank you good luck with your hikes.


Dates to Remember:


Friday, May 30th – final date for submission of bronze application to Duke office, Kenmount Road


Monday, June 23rd – Bronze graduation ceremony at RCMP Headquarters, White Hills

Exams 2014