Award Programme’s Island-Wide Adventure

March 3, 2011

It’s a programme which helps to build the character, minds and bodies of Bermuda’s young people  by focussing on community-building activities.

The three-level Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, introduced to the island in 1967 and offering participants who successfully complete its activities Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, is preparing for this weekend’s first ever island-wide trek  for youngsters embarking on the programme.

“On Friday March 4 about 200 of our island’s youth will unite to prepare for what could very well be their most exciting adventure yet,” said a spokesman for organisers the Bermuda Award National Expedition [BANX].

“They will engage in non-competitive and community-building activities as they strive to reach one common goal: to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition and ultimately receive the Bronze Award.

“Thanks to the support of The Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation,  Bermuda’s first island-wide Bronze Qualifying Journey will see Bronze Participants hiking all over the island during the day on March 5 and 6 and participate in a Youth & Community Development Programme, as well as an overnight camp on beautiful Port’s Island on the evening of the 5th.”

Founded last year, BANX’s aim is to foster understanding, compassion, unity, success and acceptance — all while having fun. The BANX organising team operates under The Bermuda National Award Authority and its mission is to promote a spirit of understanding, compassion, unity, success and acceptance among young people.

“In addition to there being a large number of Bronze participants, there will also be many of Bermuda’s Award leaders and assessors-in-training at the event,” said BANX. “The weekend will be full of zest, as a number of activities have been organised by approved activity provider Chewstick. They include: open group discussions, creative performances, a youth forum, leadership and social awareness development. Such entertainment will be provided in a safe, nurturing and natural environment.”

There will be a pre-expedition event on the evening of Friday, March 4 from 5-7.30pm at the Jessie Vesey Gymnasium at the The Bermuda High School. The St. John’s Ambulance Brigade will also be on hand on Port’s Island for the duration of BANX 2011.

Although this initial year is solely open to Bronze medal participants, BANX 2012 will welcome both Bronze and Silver participants.

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