An Adventurous Journey across the Commonwealth

Published: 10 Oct 2013

Queen's Baton for 2014 Commonwealth Games

The Queen’s Baton Relay has begun its journey across the Commonwealth. The Baton, which left Buckingham Palace on 9 October with the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth inside will travel to all 71 nations and territories.

Thousands of baton bearers will have the chance to carry the baton proudly through their country as it makes its 288 day journey before returning to Glasgow ready for the 2014 Games. The Award in Scotland is looking for stories from baton bearers or those with a connection to the Commonwealth. You can share your story with them or follow the baton’s journey on Facebook. You can also sign up on the Games’ official website.

Commonwealth connections for the Award

Award participants take a break from their expedition in BelizeFor an Award group in Scotland, their Commonwealth journey took them on an intrepid expedition of a lifetime to Belize. 

The ten pupils from Wick High School completed their Gold Adventurous Journey by walking through the Chiquibul Rainforest towards the village of San Antonio.

The aim of their Journey was to look at human impact and interaction on the environment, but they were amazed by the impact their environment had on them. “The weather was the biggest challenge for us mentally and physically, but we supported each other in our group and pulled one another through,” explains Eilidh.

Not used to the extreme heat (there’s a lot of rain in Scotland), the group had to come up with different ways of creating shelters for camping and handling the rain.  By the end they were thrilled to celebrate with an ice drink! You can read more about their journey on their blog.

Does your Award group have any connections with other Commonwealth Countries?  Maybe you’ve gone on an international adventurous journey like the pupils from Wick High School, or maybe you’ve completed your Residential abroad?  The Award in Scotland would like to hear from you. Get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or email scotland@dofe.org for more information.

Make your Glasgow 2014 Legacy Wish

Next year the spotlight will be on the Commonwealth, with cultural and sporting excellence celebrated from across the world. The Young Scot Youth Legacy Ambassadors want to hear your Legacy wishes for the Commonwealth.

What would you like the Commonwealth Games 2014 to leave behind for the Commonwealth? If you could make one wish – what would it be? 

For example...

  • My Legacy Wish for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is to meet Award participants from around the Commonwealth
  • My Legacy Wish for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is for Award participants to celebrate the spirit of the Games together
  • My Legacy Wish for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is for Award participants in the Commonwealth to get more active

You can make your wish here or find out more on the Young Scot website.