Duke of Edinburgh Award Adventurous Journeys are designed to challenge you and provide you with a huge sense of achievement. From your bronze Duke of Edinburgh “practice” journey all the way through to your gold Duke of Edinburgh “qualifier”, we offer preparation, training and supervised Adventurous Journeys to help you achieve your goals.
It’s your journey. You gain the most from the Duke of Edinburgh NSW Award when we help you develop the skills to make good decisions. You will not find our supervisors out the front leading you from campsite to campsite. They will encourage, nurture and instruct you from the back, ensuring no-one is left behind. You’ll take responsibility and make decisions for yourself.
For all Duke of Edinburgh’s Award journeys, you will have a minimum of one supervisor for every twelve participants ie 1:12, with a maximum group size of 12 (this may change to 24 in exceptional circumstances, ie 2:24).
This group will be divided into smaller ‘map groups’ of between four and seven people to meet Duke of Ed requirements. These ‘map groups’ work as a team and share responsibilities as required by The Award.
This gives you the opportunity to:
- work with your team, problem solve and make decisions together
- make new friends
- walk at your own pace and stop when you need to
- challenge yourself physically to the level you want
We carefully select hiking routes for the different levels of the Duke of Ed Award Adventurous Journey to ensure they meet the Duke of Ed average hours of effort per day requirements. It’s also important they have the right level of challenge for participants.
All our Adventurous Journeys are on marked tracks but still require navigation skills. Understanding a map and compass are extremely handy skills to know, and it satisfies Duke of Ed criteria.
You’ll find upcoming dates below for Open Hikes – ie open to participants from any school or organisation to join – with the hiking route and itinerary. For journeys dedicated to specific organisations or schools, we can customise routes to meet your requirements, in collaboration with the Award Leader.
Practice or Qualifying? – we take participants doing either their practice or qualifying journey on the same hike. We expect qualifying students to take more of a leadership role, and we find they thrive with this opportunity.
What Others Say
I challenged myself further than I ever expected and it was very pleasing. I am proud to say that I never gave up even when I really didn’t want to cross any more contour lines. I would take more photos next time to remind me of the fun I had and how beautiful nature was. If someone were to complete this journey I would tell them to be prepared to have a life-lasting memory and to be greatly challenged. Thank you for the extremely rewarding and amazing experience. – Leanne, Bronze Award.