On July 19

Local teen earns Duke of Edinburgh award

Emma Thibodeau, an Elk Valley local, has been presented with the Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) award.

Emma Thibodeau, an Elk Valley local, has been presented with the Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) award. While the award is not competitive, its goal is to make participants aged between 14 and 24 become the best version of themselves. The award is available in 144 countries and was founded in 1956 in the United Kingdom by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Since its inception in Canada in 1964, there have been approximately half a million Canadians who have received the award and there are 50,000 participants currently enrolled, according to the DoE’s website.

The DoE is a multifaceted award where applicants complete self-improvement exercises that were modelled as a solution of Kurt Hahn’s “Six Declines of Modern Youth.” The six declines are, “fitness due to modern methods of locomotion, Initiative and Enterprise due to the widespread disease of spectatoritis, Memory and Imagination due to the confused restlessness of modern life, Skill and Care due to the weakened tradition of craftsmanship, Self-discipline due to the ever-present availability of stimulants and tranquilizers and Compassion due to the unseemly haste with which modern life is conducted.”

“You are required to record three months of skill development, physical activity, and service. The award asks for an average of one hour/week in each of these areas. Youth are also asked to fulfill three extra months in one of those areas. In addition, you have to participate in a practice journey and an adventurous journey,” said Thibodeau in an email to The Free Press. “For the practice journey, you must write a paragraph about what you did and how it helped you prepare for the adventurous journey. For the adventurous journey, you need to write a page on what you did and all the details of that camp, including distance traveled under your own power.”

The award is split into bronze, silver and gold milestones. As a person progresses through the awards, the subsequent milestone becomes bigger, with an increased level of commitment and effort. Thibodeau has just completed her bronze level award.

“The bronze level took six months to complete. I have been working at the silver level for about six weeks. I started working on my silver portion as soon as I finished the bronze level and received my certificate and new record book,” she said.

Thibodeau does not believe there are any other people working toward the award in the area.  When asked about why she decided to start the DoE she responded, “I chose to do this award because my mom suggested I do it and I already do everything required on a regular basis. The Duke of Edinburgh award is worth two high school credits for each level completed.  Also, it is recognized by post-secondary institutions, scholarship providers, and top employers who value leadership and self-development skills which the award represents.”

Thibodeau wants to encourage more young people to start the program. While she started at bronze, potential participants can enroll directly into the upper awards. To enroll into silver, youth need to be 15 or older, and for gold youth need to be 16 or older.

“I would recommend the Duke of Edinburgh award to other youth because it helps you better understand your strengths and weaknesses and improves confidence in achieving life goals,” she said.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Mountain Market showcases local goods

The Mountain Market is held each Sunday morning in Fernie’s Rotary Park

Summer races kick off at Fernie Alpine Resort

FAR jumps into their summer programming with mountain biking and trail running races

Summer Stories Around Town program encourages outdoor reading in Elk Valley

With storywalks and clothesline stories in Fernie and Sparwood, everyone can get reading

School District 5 identifies funding needs in yearly budget report

The SD5 board presented three main projects that need increased funding in the coming years

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Cowichan Valley has the honour of being the first sub-GI outside of the Okanagan

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

Most Read