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The DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S INTERNATIONAL AWARD

CAREFULLY DESIGNED PROGRAMS

Dynamic programs challenging your students and providing vital skills to help them thrive.

EQUIPPING STUDENTS WITH LIFE SKILLS

As an activity provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, we have created challenging courses across New South Wales and Victoria that encourage students to form a positive relationship with the natural world, each other, and themselves.

Working to the requirements of the Award and under the guidance of qualified instructors, students put themselves to the test through a variety of hands-on activities, across all manner of terrain, in all kinds of conditions.

We provide all the necessary gear and safety equipment needed to complete your school program.

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PRACTICE AND QUALIFIER ADVENTUROUS JOURNEYS

The Outdoor Education Group has been running Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journeys for school-exclusive programs for over 11 years.

We manage the preparation, planning, delivery and support the assessment process of all your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programs, reducing the risk, time and resources of managing these internally.

MEETING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF YOUR STUDENTS

We work with schools to ensure the unique needs of your students are met. We deliver powerful Duke of Edinburgh programs for all the Award levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Our rich experience in outdoor education enables us to offer an exciting variety of ways to undertake Adventurous Journeys. Our team will guide your students through preparation and training before their first expedition, teach them vital skills like navigation on their Practice Adventurous Journey, and finally assess their skills during their Qualifying Adventurous Journey.

TRAINING DAYS

The Outdoor Education Group provide the Duke of Edinburgh mandatory training days prior to the Adventurous Journey.

Training sessions are used to gauge and refine a team’s competence and strengths while also identifying areas for improvement. They are great for team building and allowing teams to experience a more prolonged outdoor expedition experience.

We provide training days for participants on school grounds, nearby parks or a nature reserve of your choice.

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AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR YOUR NEXT DUKE OF EDINBURGH PROGRAM

Our leader really cared for the students and gave us lots of confidence in our first Duke of Ed.”

Pacific Hills Christian School student

THERE'S ALWAYS MORE TO DISCOVER

CAMP WOMBAROO

Camp Wombaroo provides students with a space for personal development and growth. With over 100 acres of land to explore, your students will leave with new skills and a deeper understanding of themselves.

 

BUSH CAMP BILOELA

Only 2 hours from Sydney and Canberra, Bush Camp Biloela provides a semi-remote learning environment for your students to pursue their personal best and discover they can achieve more than they know.

JOURNEYS

Invite your students to set off on an unforgettable multi-day journey providing meaningful and authentic learning in amazing and dynamic locations.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We will provide the following equipment to all Duke of Ed groups:

  • Tents
  • Cooking stoves and fuel
  • Specialist activity equipment, e.g. canoes
  • Group 1st Aid kit
  • Maps
  • Venue appropriate communications devices

In addition, we will also supply the following to any participants in a school expedition:

  • Rain gear
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping mats

Yes. You must use the same journey method for both your practice and qualifying expedition. For example, if you did hiking for your practice, you must hike for your qualifying expedition. The only exception to this is if you do a multi-journey method for your practice, you can do just one of those methods for your qualifying expedition. For example, you could canoe and hike for your practice journey and then just hike for your qualifying journey.

We will cater to your needs and modify your expedition as necessary; this may involve shuttling some of your gear to your campsite, suggesting appropriate activity alternatives, such as canoeing instead of hiking, or even allowing a parent or other carer to join you. The important thing is to get your medical form returned to us as soon as possible, disclosing all information, so adjustments can be made in good time. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is open to all young people aged 14-25, regardless of their ability.

What will count during your program is the number of “purposeful hours” you will complete each day. Purposeful hours are mostly made up of journeying and include setting up/packing down camp, first aid scenarios, skills sessions and anything else that contributes to the goal of your Adventurous Journey. The number of purposeful hours required each day increase with each level:

Bronze – 6 hours. Silver – 7 hours. Gold – 8 hours.

As a very rough indication, you can expect to be journeying the following distances each day:

Hiking daily distance

  • Bronze: 6 – 12 km
  • Silver: 8 – 14 km
  • Gold: 10 – 16 km

Canoeing daily distance

  • Bronze: 8 – 15 km
  • Silver: 10 – 18 km
  • Gold: 12 – 20 km

These distances will depend on the ability and experience level of each group.

You should aim to make your rucksack as light as possible by only taking the things you really need. A good weight guide is as follows:

Bronze – 14kg. Silver – 16kg. Gold – 18kg.

RESOURCES

We share our knowledge, just as we share the outdoors. Discover research and guides on the power of experiential learning in the natural world.

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