Co-Curricular - Duke of Edinburgh Award

Incorporated into the Outdoor Education elective subject in Years 9 and 10.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme might be for you!

Visit the Duke of Edinburgh Award website here

DoE is a self-development programme for all young people over 14 years which is non-competitive and encourages the setting and achieving of goals at an appropriate level. There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for the award:

  • Expedition

  • Service
  • Skills
  • Recreation

These provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop skills, initiative and self-esteem which will help them become more confident members of the community. The scheme is highly regarded by employers.

The scheme has three internationally recognised Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Year 9 students start at the Bronze level when they enrol in Outdoor Education as an elective.

Bronze Award

For students 14 years and over. This level involves learning a new skill for at least 6 months, doing 15 hours of community service over 3 months and a practice and qualifying expedition of 2 days including one night. It also involves involvement and improvement in a physical recreation activity for 20 hours over at least 8 weeks.

Silver Award

For students 15 years and over. This level involves learning a new skill for at least 6 months (or 12 months for direct Silver entrants), doing 30 hours of community service over 6 months and a practice and qualifying expedition of 3 days and 2 nights. It also involves involvement and improvement in a physical recreation activity for 30 hours over at least 10 weeks.

Gold Award

For students 16 years and over. Choose a skill and follow it for 12 months for those who have completed Silver or 18 months for direct Gold entrants. Also participants need to undertake practical service of at least 60 hours over 12 months or complete an appropriate course of specialised training and complete at least 40 hours practical service related whenever possible to the training undertaken over the remainder of the 12 months. Students must undertake and complete training and 3 practice trips (or at least two if they have completed this section at Bronze or at least 1 if they have completed this section at Silver) and then complete a test expedition of 4 days and 3 nights. Involvement and improvement in overall performance and knowledge of one chosen activity and perform regularly for a minimum of 40 hours spread over at least 12 weeks. Gold level also requires that students undertake some shared activity either through voluntary service or training away from home for a period of 5 consecutive days. At present, students complete their Gold Award in the Solomon Islands over a period of three weeks. 

Additional Information and Resources:

Some suggestions for Community service opportunities:

  • Coach for Primary School aged children
  • Council bush regeneration
  • Greening Australia
  • Library or Museum work
  • Meals on Wheels
  • National Parks and Wildlife Services
  • Visiting retirement homes


  • animal care
  • astronomy
  • beauty
  • carpentry
  • computer skills
  • cooking
  • debating
  • film production
  • gardening
  • juggling
  • knitting
  • learning a new language
  • photography
  • puppetry
  • sewing
  • speech and drama
  • stamp collecting
  • visual arts


Expedition is journeying using any of the following modes of travel:

  • Boating
  • Bush walking
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Horseriding
  • Kayaking
  • Motorcycling
  • Rafting
  • Skiing

For the Silver and Gold awards less time is spent on journeying, but more time is spent on particular activities.

This may involve art studies, aboriginal studies, canyoning, caving, flora and fauna studies, geological studies, photographic studies, historical studies, impact of tourism, fires and so on. Adventure projects at Gold level can include such things as interstate travel, mountaineering, rock climbing, sailing, snow camping, solo flights, survival training or white water rafting.

Prior to leaving on expedition:

  1. Submit PLANNING BOOKLET with – equipment list (group/individual) – food for Day 1/2/3/4 – clothing
  2. Submit ROUTE PLAN for the expedition as a group including emergency phone numbers, escape routes and description of terrain over the days.
  3. Demonstrate navigation, bushcraft, and organisational skills during the expedition while working as a team.
  4. LOG REPORT which includes the following details: – field notes of times, events, decisions etc. – planning booklet and route plan details – sketch map/mud map of route to be taken – any relevant class notes – report write up of purpose including photos, sketches, research material – report of day to day activities, navigation errors, weather, environment, water, equipment. – Written reflection of personal challenges overcome and group achievements.

This can be completed through participation in a physical activity outside of School such as:

  • aerobics
  • cycling
  • dancing
  • gymnastics
  • jogging
  • rock-climbing
  • roller-blading
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tae kwon do
  • trampolining
  • yoga
  • or any sport you might enjoy


The following is a list of equipment that should be carried by all students. Sometimes this list will change depending on conditions.

PERSONAL GEAR * Maximum weight for Bronze is 10kg, (Silver 12kg, Gold 14kg).

So ask yourself: Is it necessary? Is it effective? Is it as light as possible? Is it compact?

  1. Back Pack – comfortable, adjustable, hipbelt. Can be borrowed, bought or hired. A good quality 55 litre to 65 litre pack would be ideal and should last for years. Better packs will have a length adjustment that changes the distance between hip belt and shoulder straps, so that the pack matches your torso length, and still fits as you grow taller.
  2. Sleeping Bag -warm, light, compact. Consult with expedition leaders about the warmth of bag you’ll need for your expedition. Keep your bag dry in a plastic garbage bag – inside your pack!
  3. Personal First Aid Kit -see list in First Aid Training session.
  4. Torch – small & light. Spare bulb and batteries. Utensils – cutlery, plastic plate (bowl)and mug.
  5. Toiletries – small volume of toothpaste (share half a tube amongst your tent group), toothbrush, a small piece of soap in a ziplock, toilet paper (and plastic bags for used toilet paper).
  6. Water Bottle – minimum 1 litre (preferable 2 litres), plastic (empty soft drink bottles work well) or aluminium. Absolutely leak proof!
  7. Sleeping Mat – (optional, but highly recommended!) – softens ground and helps insulate. The cheap foam ones are around $10 – $15 and are OK, or you could pay more for the more comfortable inflatable mat.
  8. Clothing – light, strong, comfortable & OLD.

This list does not include the clothes you choose to wear to walk in. 1 T-shirt (optional) 1 Long sleeve shirt (flannel or cotton) 1 pair underwear, and socks, per day 1 pair long pants (thermals or tracksuits) 1 warm jumper (fleece or wool, NOT cotton!) In winter (or if you feel the cold) – beanie & gloves. Good waterproof hiking boots.

Other essentials include raincoat and wide brim hat. Sun cream, insect repellant, personal medicines, map, camera, sunglasses. A really big garbage bag makes a good pack liner to keep everything dry in wet weather.

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