REC REPORT: Unique award challenges teens

If you’re looking for a unique opportunity, consider the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Hey teens and parents of teens, if you’re looking for a unique opportunity that focuses on experiences, skills, life experiences and fun, consider the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people – bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life.

The award is open to all young people ages 14-24 years, regardless of their background and circumstances. It’s about personal development and is a non-competitive, enjoyable, voluntary and balanced program, which requires sustained effort over time.  The program enables young people to demonstrate self-development within an internationally recognized framework and is comprised of three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold – each progressively more challenging.  The award is comprised of four sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey and includes a Residential Project at the Gold level. Best of all, the award is completely individualized and personal. Obtaining this award is a great addition to a resume or a college or university application. If you’re interested, please check out the Duke of Ed’s website, at www.dukeofed.org. Teck is sponsoring the program in our area and will cover the costs of registering. For more information, please contact the recreation department at 250-362-2327 or by email at recreation@rossland.ca.

The recreation department has an opening for a local Youth who is interested in filling our casual Skate Patrol position. The position requires that candidates be at least 16 years of age with strong skating skills, excellent customer service skills and a good knowledge of first aid.  Resumes will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

If you’re interested in getting on the ice, Public Skating is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Fridays from 5-6:30 p.m., Sundays from 2:30-4 p.m. and again on Sunday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. Rental skates are available for $2 if you don’t have your own. The Sunday, 2:30-4 p.m. Public skating session sometimes cancels due to tournaments.  Please check the city’s website, at; www.rossland.ca, city hall > arena – for weekly updates.

The 2nd Rossland Scouting group is trying to see if there are more youth out there, interested in joining the Scout group.  It is open to boys and girls ages 11-14 years of age. Please check out the Scouts Canada website at www.scouts.ca.  The organizers are looking for youth interested in learning new skills and having fun adventuring in the great outdoors.  Please email Shanna Tanabe, 2nd Rossland Group Commissioner, at jstanabe@hotmail.com to indicate your child’s expression of interest. Parent volunteers are also welcome.

The recreation department has an opening for a casual Recreation Program Assistant (s) for our gymnastics programs.  This position would ideally suit a student who is a minimum of 16 years and who holds the Bronze Cross and/or Standard First Aid certifications. Gymnastics experience and experience working with children are preferred skills.  Resumes will be accepted until Monday Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

You may have heard the story of Warren McDonald, the double above-knee amputee who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2003, after losing both legs during a backpacking trek in Australia, six years earlier. Warren’s story was featured on the television show, “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” and he was also interviewed on the Oprah show. Warren’s accident occurred when he was climbing to the summit of a peak when he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. His companion, Geert van Keulen, a Dutch traveler he’d met the day before was his only hope for survival. As Warren lay crushed, Geert raced down the mountain to get help. Warren’s “test of will” lasted two days before a helicopter arrived, and he was rescued.

Warren will be speaking on Nov. 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Rossland Secondary School in the Auditorium. His lecture, “The Challenge of Change” will be an inspiring and eye-opening information session, designed to help motivate and encourage people to achieve their best despite obstacles or setbacks. Tickets are available for $15 at the recreation department at City Hall. For more information about Warren and his incredible story, log on to his website at; www.warren-macdonald.com.

Co-Ed Adult Drop in Hockey has started! Join a great group of people for a fun, co-ed hockey program on Tuesday and Sunday nights. Tuesdays, the program runs from 9:45-11 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:15-10:30 p.m. Cost is $10 drop in or $80 for a 10 punch pass available from one of the co-ordinators, or from the recreation department.

Senior’s Duffer Hockey has started and runs on Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. To 10:45 a.m.  you love to play hockey and you’re over 50, this is the game for you! Players with varying skills are encouraged to come out and play with other “older” players in the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship. All abilities are encouraged and welcome!

If you have clean, returnable drinking containers, don’t forget the drop off available at the back of RSS, in the marked bin. RSS’s sports teams and extra-curricular clubs use the monies collected from the bin to offset the expense of tournaments, field trips, entrance fees and travel.

 

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