Duke of Ed Award Adventurous Journeys are designed to challenge you and provide you with a huge sense of achievement. From your bronze DofE practice journey all the way through to your gold DofE 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 Ed 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. If we have two supervisors one will be at the back and the other will be wherever the need is the greatest.
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.
Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey Dates – 2018
14 – 16 April BM2S Katoomba to Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary SOLD OUT!
14 – 17 April BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary SOLD OUT
21 – 24 April BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary SOLD OUT
26 – 29 April Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Itinerary coming soon. BOOK NOW
There are now two hikes on this same route at the same time. Original hike sold out.