#Dukers246 - June 2022 Edition

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JUNE 2022

PILOT AJ A SUCCESS www.theawardbarbados.com


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The Award has always taught its Participants to

Barbados, what comes to mind? Food? Church?

use the resources they have, and improvise

Images of kites perhaps? Or maybe memories of

where possible, if the ideal tools are not available



at that time. Therefore, when the Volunteers

participants and leaders in the Award, Easter

realised they were short of shovels, they resorted

weekend 2022 was the first step in the journey to

to using cups, containers and even their hands to

make Culloden Farm their home.

dig the holes.

Award Leaders, Participants, and Volunteers

During this process the Volunteers told stories of

arrived on site April 19th around 9am uncertain

their lives and various Award experiences. They

about what needed to be done, but eager to help

also gave advice to the younger Participants and

in any way they could. After Chairman Stephen

shared a bit of the Awards’ history; all the while

Smith explained the objectives of the day,

passing the ‘shovels’ around.











everyone present split into two groups and set out on their various tasks.

After the holes were dug out to the correct measurements, the sign was lifted and placed

On one hand, the sign needed to be mounted to

into the holes. Following this, the cement mixing

its post and Mr Smith spearheaded this project.

began, and an entirely new atmosphere emerged.

On the other hand, the holes for the signpost

This portion of the afternoon was filled with food

needed to be dug and this is where majority of

for thought, heated discussions and tummy

the attendees' energy was spent.

aching laughter.

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Pictured above: Award Participants and Volunteers who assisted in the installation of the sign at Culloden Farm.

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When the last bits of cement had been poured into

This is the dawn of a new era in the Award, the

the holes, and the day’s activities were complete,

sign has been installed but there is more to be

the volunteers in the photo above took a moment

done at Culloden Farm. The Award is having its

to view the product of their hard work.

first clean-up activity at Culloden Farm on Saturday July 16th. We encourage you, the leaders, participants and volunteers to come out and help in whatever capacity you can. You may register by completing the form here.

The Award is looking to engage in cleanup activity at Culloden Farm to pave the way for us to get started on the restoration and occupancy of the property. Cleanup of the proposed office space is one priority. However, there is also quite a bit of debris and rubbish in the main building that we would like to remove. This would pave the way for the restoration work. Bring your masks and gloves and be prepared to get dirty. Refreshments will be provided.


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CHALLENGE 100: ANIELA TAKES THE CHALLENGE In honour of what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday, the Foundation launched Challenge100. The challenge was launched on June 9, 2021 with the aim to encourage members of the Award to take part in activities using inspiration from the 4 sections of the Award - Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey.

On the anniversary of its launch, we took a look

The 17 year old is quite an engaged teenager.

at how one of our Award Participants tackled

She was a member of the Cadet Corps at her

the Challenge, and what they have achieved

alma mater, Graydon Sealy Secondary School

over the last year.

(formerly Garrison Secondary School), the Debating Club and the Junior Optimist Octagon

Aniela O’Neil who participated in the virtual

International Club. The latter gave her the

launch also took on the Challenge 100. One

opportunity to participate in the Optimist Club

year later, she is happy to reveal that she not

International Annual Oratorical Contest.

only completed the Challenge but she did so within a few months. By October 2021, Aniela



had learnt to play 100 songs on the flute.



the a







educating one; where she was able to take

"We shouldn’t take anything in life for granted and to treat everyone with respect as you do not know what anyone is really going through.” She described the challenge as fun and a learning experience. “By taking the challenge of learning a 100 songs, I was forced to practice my vibrato on the flute, which was something I was not very comfortable with before.” During the process she was able to gain some new favourite songs - The Day Thou Gavest, Lord is Ended by Rev John Ellerton, Memories by Maroon 5, Blue Bird from Naruto Shippuden, My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion and the local folk song Pat She Back to She Ma.

away many tips from oral presentation and public speaking workshops. She also learnt from other participants: “It was an opportunity to learn from professionals, to learn from other participants and to teach them as well.” Most recently, she is a member of the United Young






organisation which focuses on empowering young people to make a difference and to be a force








She is also a member of

Etananoa, a marching band founded by one of the teachers at the school along with other talented school mates. When the pandemic began in March 2020, many people picked up new skills, hobbies and learnt a few new things about themselves. Aniela was no different. “During the pandemic I was able to practise time management and

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YOUNG PEOPLE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE setting boundaries, two of the things I learnt

Aniela shared her fondest Award memory “My

from UYLB. I also learnt that we shouldn’t take

fondest memory in the Award was my practice

anything in life for granted and to treat

hike at the Lodge School in St. John where I met

everyone with respect as you do not know what

participants from the Queen’s College group and

anyone is really going through.”

also the CASC group. We learnt how to build

During that time she also joined her mother and younger brother and picked up gardening for a short while. “I started gardening with my mother and brother after being encouraged by the sustainable living initiative of my Optimist group. I had arugula, fennel and sweet peppers.

fires in damp conditions, cook and told campfire stories. Also, it was the first time I ever tried condensed milk and cornflakes. I quickly learnt that you aren’t supposed to add too much condensed milk when preparing the meal.” she recalled.

However, the caterpillars quickly attacked” she reported with a chuckle. Despite this, she is not discouraged and hopes to return to the garden in the near future for a more successful crop.

Aniela volunteering at one of the UYLB service projects.

In closing, she encouraged young persons like herself to join the Award. "The Award is a great Aniela taking a break during one of her cycling sessions.

opportunity to boost your CV, gain awesome

The Computer Studies student of Barbados


Community College described the transition to tertiary education as an enjoyable one, “Usually people say that the transition from secondary school to community college is challenging but I didn't find it like that at all.” she said, reflecting on her first year at the tertiary level institution.

opportunities, meet new people and learn new

As for the future, Aniela hopes to complete her Bronze level and move onto Silver. Academically, she wishes to pursue Computer Studies with Accounts or Electronics at university and to travel to Japan after.

“I actually made a lot of new friends pretty

Do you want to take the Challenge? Have you

easily,” she added. “I’m currently awaiting the

taken the Challenge? Share your story with us!

results of the semester that just finished, but I

Contact the Award Office: (246) 436-8754 or

got As in my first summer.” she proudly stated.

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Award Leader, Rosanne Grace and Participants of the Transitions Award Unit pause for a photo.

The first full adventurous journey since 2020 was

According to Ms Grace, the hike was “an

executed during the May Day weekend and

interesting challenge”, as she could not envision

featured 5 Participants from the Transitions

the group being able to undertake the journey.

Award Unit. The Unit, led by Award Leader Ms Rosanne Grace, features participants from the

But once the group got to Lester Vaughn school,

local at-risk community.

they felt a sense of accomplishment and a willingness to continue the next day.

The first overnight AJ under COVID-19 conditions required a number of unique additions, including vaccination and/or testing requirements, social distancing, and individual tents for participants. The two-day route included part of the old Train route, Belle Gully and the National Botanical Gardens. Hikers travelled from Roebuck Street to St George Parish Church, overnighting at The Lester Vaughn School.

“Anything you conceive in your mind as difficult, can be done, even if one step at a time.” The group was able to observe a few unexpected aspects of Barbados, both positive and negative. One of the highlights of the trip was a herd of horses in the Belle, as the group was unfamiliar with the use of blinders. Additionally, there were also concerns among the group around the lack

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of cleanliness in some areas.

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Camping was also a very new experience for

“Anything you conceive in your mind as difficult,

them, and that presented several challenges in

can be done, even if one step at a time.”

adjusting to the new environment. A special thank you is extended to The Maria Having to pitch individual tents meant additional

Holder Memorial Trust, who sponsored aspects of

time to pitch as well as strike camp, leading to a

this journey as part of Project Around The Corner.

delayed start on Day 2. Nevertheless, it was

Using the Award framework, this project seeks to

encouraging to see the group co-operate and


persevere in all aspects of the journey.

education, employability, and civic engagement)




to at-risk and disabled youth in Barbados.

Scenes from the recently concluded Pilot Adventurous Journey. Page 7

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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Barbados will once again be partnering with the Barbados Trailway Project to afford Award Participants the opportunity to complete the Gold Residential Project or Voluntary Service components of the Award. In its second year, this project will allow participants to meet some new persons, learn more about the Trailway, and leave their mark in history. This year, the activity is scheduled for the weekends of July and August 2022. To sign up for the Project, click here or scan the QR code above. Page 8

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON? The Award’s Participants have waited patiently over the last two years to return to the activity they love the most, and the time has finally come - We are hiking again! However, it must be noted that Barbados has entered the hurricane season. Consequently, here is a list of five (5) items that are necessary for a hike or hurricane.


The first resource is bottled water. While hiking, a person will sweat and lose fluids. Bottled water is necessary in this scenario for any hiker to replace those lost fluids. On the other hand, before a hurricane reaches Barbados, water pumping stations often turn off their pumps and close the stations.






hurricane there is usually no running water, and therefore, persons should have a supply of bottled water to last them at least three days.


Next up is the first aid kit. When hiking, there is always a possibility that a person may be injured along the way. Therefore, hikers are always advised to walk with a first aid kit while hiking. Similarly, in the event of a hurricane, one should be as prepared as possible. This means that you should have a fully stocked first aid kit in the case of an emergency.

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Canned foods are the third essential for either a hike or a hurricane. Although canned foods increase the weight of a hiker’s backpack, it allows them to travel with a definite source of food that does not require refrigeration. Alternatively, as supermarkets are inaccessible during a hurricane, having at least a three-day supply of canned foods ensures that a person will not go hungry as the hurricane passes.

Trash bags are a hidden gem. While this item was designed to store waste products, in the hiking world trash bags are used to keep the contents of a hiker’s bag dry. Simply lining your backpack with a trash bag ensures that in the event of rain, a hiker’s backpack contents





storing your important documents in a trash bag before a hurricane ensures that they won’t suffer water damage.


The final necessity is a flashlight. When hiking,




situations where there is little to no light and a flashlight proves necessary to the completion of tasks. As it relates to hurricanes, these natural disasters often damage power lines which results in the loss of electricity for a period. In such an event,







Remember, it is better to prepare for probable scenarios than be unprepared for the challenges ahead. Adversities do not schedule appointments.

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Answer: The Bahamas, 1200+


Which CASC member country has the largest number of Award Participants?

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Follow The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Barbados Instagram and Facebook pages for updates on upcoming events.

July 16

Culloden Farm Clean up Project - Day 1

July 31

CASC Annual General Meeting

August August 6-7,13-14, 20

Culloden Farm Clean up Project continues Barbados Trailway Projects

August 20

Award Participant Rally

October 1

Award Leaders Orientation

October 10-15

International Award Forum in Romania

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Editors: Akilah Jordan-Watson and Jonielle Alleyne