A combined meeting of The Empire Club of Canada, The Canadian Club of Toronto, and the Rotary Club of Toronto. Chaired by Major General George Kitching. A description of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in operation in 17 Commonwealth countries and similar schemes under different names in two other countries. The Scheme in Canada since 1963. The operation of the Award Scheme in Canada, and its growth in terms of number of applicants. Purpose and details of the Award, and how it is managed, with example. Encouraging leadership in youth. An emphasis by the speaker on the Public Service Section which "provides a real and valuable encouragement and opportunity to become involved in some form of voluntary service." A lack of preaching in the Scheme: its philosophy is one of participation. The awards themselves are simply certificates: personal reminders of personal achievement. Witnessing a display of award activities to get an idea of the ingenuity and enthusiasm and competence of young people. An introduction of young Canadians who have gained the Gold Award who talk about what they did to qualify.
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