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The Adventure in Citizenship program, was instituted by the Rotary Club of Ottawa in 1951.

Each year, in May, more than 200 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada spent four days in the National Capital in a program designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in the Canadian society.

The program is an exceptional opportunity for the Adventurers to explore our identity, shared values, the implications of the freedoms we all enjoy, and our history of tolerance and the search for compromises to bridge our differences. The obligation to be ethical and fair in all relationships is considered. Also examined are the implications of the fact that most of us are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants to this land.

While the program is focussed on governmental processes and institutions at the federal level, it is founded on the premise that the most important attributes of citizenship are determined by Canadians individually and collectively.

To date, over 10,000 students have participated in the program including Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the Right Honourable Joe Clark and the Honourable Edward Broadbent.

The program evolves from year to year in response to the changing political agenda of the country and to new opportunities. As far as possible, we strive to ensure that all presentations are either made in both official languages or are translated simultaneously. A guiding principle is that a broadly varied program is to be presented which provides insights into our national institutions not normally available to visitors to the National Capital.