Temporary changes to our program during COVID-19

We’re determined that young people shouldn’t miss out on doing their Award because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and we want to do everything we can to support you so your participants can keep doing theirs, at what we know is a really challenging time.

To help you keep supporting participants, both now and when the lockdown ends, we’ve introduced some temporary changes. that will enable young people to complete their Award while social distancing. To view the at-a-glance tip sheet and the changes that have been implemented please log in to the Award Leader Portal.  If you do not have access to the Award Leader Portal please contactus.

Ways to engage with your Participants during COVID-19  

  • Host a weekly virtual meeting (facetime, zoom, snapchat, you can choose your platform, teachers - you can use Remind to let them know you’re doing this, or you can set up a document in your shared Dropbox with pertinent information) - put out a schedule ahead of time and send reminders   
  • Run your preliminary training session virtually (or suggest the participants go on You Tube to gain necessary skills, e.g. Kevin Callan aka The Happy Camper has many how-to videos, and is known for his books on canoe routes in Ontario)  
  • Encourage students to engage in online community together! They can:  
  • Share with others what they are doing- potentially doing activities together online (cook a group meal at home. etc) and hash tag it at #awardathome  
  • Share tips on planning an Adventurous Journey  
  • Take on a Award Unit group challenge! Do a music project, climb a mountain together virtually to get in some physical activity.  
  • Setup accountability buddies  
  • Ask students to run meetings to further engagement – have a pair of students plan and run a meeting for the rest of the group (have them set it up, come up with ideas, send out reminders etc.)  
  • Encourage students to lead activities for others to participate in (can upload using the band app)  
  • Host a social event playing board games virtually 
  • Encourage participants to use this time to complete that Award that’s been in limbo – now's the time.  
Last updated November 2021