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Students engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh awards training sessions last month. (Photograph supplied)

Hundreds of young people pitched tents, completed an obstacle course and engaged in team-building activities - all in one weekend.

They were taking part in Duke of Edinburgh Award’s joint training sessions held at Warwick Camp last month. Almost 150 participants from across the island attended.

Open to anyone between 14 and 24, the Duke of Edinburgh award exposes participants to what they can accomplish outside of a formal education setting and encourages them to make a difference within their community.

As part of their training for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, participants from Mount Saint Agnes Academy engage in a scavenger hunt at Southlands in Warwick (Photograph supplied)

A spokeswoman said that last month’s training sought to bring programme participants and leaders in Bermuda together to provide a better understanding of the award as well as guidance for aspiring leaders.

The spokeswoman said: “Participants were randomly chosen to form groups that worked together to complete training in various areas of the award.

“Each station focused on core areas of the award – understanding the four components of the award and the impact it has personally and in the community.”

The award’s four components are navigation and map reading, pitching tents and, team building and problem solving.

Students engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh awards training sessions last month. (Photograph supplied)

Programme director Karen Simmons said: “The Royal Bermuda Regiment’s obstacle course was a new and challenging experience for most participants and forced them to work together as a team to complete the course.

“Ultimately this type of training will help these students prepare for their silver and gold adventurous journeys, which will soon be held in Trinidad and Tobago.”

RBR Captain Gavin Rayner, leader of the Junior Leaders programme, said that supporting the award aligns with the Regiment’s commitment to the Bermuda community.

He added: “The Regiment wishes these young people the best as they work towards their respective awards.”

Young people engage in training for the Duke of Edinburgh awards last month at Warwick Camp (Photograph supplied)

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Published November 18, 2022 at 7:44 am (Updated November 18, 2022 at 7:44 am)

Students test themselves for Duke of Edinburgh Awards

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