Award Leader Testimonials

"I've been the award leader at Abbey Park High School in Oakville for the last four and a half years. As an outdoorsy person, I always liked the idea of the award. It really gets at the heart of what it means to be a well rounded person, and I got to see students push themselves outside of their comfort zone to participate in activities that they normally wouldn't do. We always had a few participants at the school, but two years ago I had our regional award officer make a presentation to our students, and enrollment went through the roof. All of a sudden I had dozens of award participants. We had so much interest that we planned our first school organized adventurous journey for the bronze award, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my career as an educator. I got to take a dozen kids on a 26 km hike on the Bruce trail. All but one had never been on a camping trip where they had to get themselves to the campsite, but all of them got it done. They pitched tents, they built a campfire, and they prepared all of their meals. They carried everything they needed on their backs for two days, and they were exhausted at the end of the journey, but I could tell they were proud of their accomplishments. They did something they never thought they could do, and I got to see it from start to finish. It has me excited to do it again in September."


- Paul, Abbey Park High School