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 to 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 contact your local Division. 

Virtual Bronze Exploration (VBE)

To help participants complete their Adventurous Journey, we have developed a Virtual Bronze Exploration. To learn more about this opportunity and how you can bring it to the young people you work with, visit our VBE info page. We have also uploaded the VBE Award Leader Guide on the Award Leader resource portal

Ways to engage with your Participants during COVID-19 

We will continue to update this list regularly. If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to drop us a line, or reach out to your local Award office. 

  • 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  

  • Band App – BAND is the free communication app for groups trusted by team leaders around the world. Create a free and secure space for your group to communicate better. This is a good way to communicate with your Award group, chat with specific individuals or whole group, and send updates. Leaders and participants can upload resources, videos and photos for group to see, as well as add polls!

  • 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) 

  • Present a certificate or pin through a drive by drop-off (in gloves and mask) - take a video and share it using the hashtag #awardathome and tagging @dukeofedcanada

  • Suggest some really cool Service opportunities! We've begun to compile a list that we will continually add to. If you have ideas that you would to share with us drop us a line
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    Make Hand sewn masks for your local community. They can be dropped off for Humane Societies, to hospitals, Retirement Homes etc. Here are a couple of easy tutorials you can share with your participants on how to make masks. 

    Helping an Award leader can be a service, so encourage a tech savvy participant help set up meetings, organize online resources for the group, etc., and take a leadership role to help motivate fellow participants, some school groups have an Award club executive with their own Facebook page, etc. 

    Here are some more additional inspiration for the kind of Service activities young people can do while in isolation. 
  • 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 July 29, 2020