On the 3rd and 4th October, 2020, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Bermuda (the Award) held two Joint Training Sessions in which over 75 young people from across the island attended. The aim of this annual training was to bring participants and Award Leaders together to give them a better understanding of the programme and create an opportunity for participants to develop an awareness of the diversity of participants involved.
During the two Joint Training sessions, one for Bronze and the other for Silver and Gold, participants were randomly chosen to form groups that worked together to complete training in various areas of the Award which outlined the 4 sections. The training activities included a navigation scavenger hunt, a beach clean-up, team building exercises, obstacle course, camp craft, physical recreation with the Bermuda Jump Rope Federation and a lesson on ‘Understanding the Award’.
This year we were pleased to welcome Anne Hyde, Executive Director of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) (pictured right), who talked to the participants about reducing waste and eliminating litter. KBB provided gloves and trash bags (blue recycling and black bags) for the participants to use while performing the clean ups in the surrounding beach areas and along the walking paths. In turn participants made a note of the type of trash and debris they were collecting for KBB’s research. A big part of the Award’s ethos is for participants to observe, protect and be aware of the possible impact on the natural environment caused by human interaction whilst they are on the Adventurous Journey and in their daily lives. It is important for our participants to understand and limit this impact and “leave no trace.”