I have been a Duke Leader since
2001 and have had the great joy of working with hundreds of youth outside of
the classroom thanks to this programme. The Award pushes youth out of their comfort zone and encourages them to
try new things. It also gets them
working with and giving back to their communities and there is something
magical about sharing the gift of the outdoors with youth. Whether an experienced camper or a first
timer who has never spent a night in the woods, seeing the looks of excitement,
pride and satisfaction on their faces as they hike their last kilometer and
realize they have accomplished the goal they set for themselves…that never gets
old. I am a better teacher because of
this program and, like the students, am learning new skills, giving back to my
community and becoming a better me! Everyone should be a part of this adventure!
- April 2014, Heather Aucoin,
Astral Drive Junior High, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.