Duke of Edinburgh

Huanui College is pleased to offer the Duke of Edinburgh programme to our students. This is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge. It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part, and across the generations with adults who give up time to share skills and help organise the programme.

How does it work?

Through a multi-section programme with three levels
The levels are:

Bronze

You have to be 14 years old to start on your Bronze Award. The Bronze Award consists of 4 Sections:

  • Service
  • Skills
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Physical Recreation

The hours and months required for each section are minimums and we encourage you to go over and above this to get the most out of the programme for yourself. You can tackle each section one at a time or do them all at once, it’s all up to you! The time requirements for these Sections are as follows:

Bronze Award

Service

Skills

Physical Recreation

Adventurous Journey

Time Requirement

3 Months

(13 weeks)

3 Months

(13 weeks)

3 Months

(13 weeks)

Preliminary Training

Practice Journeys

Qualifying Journey

2 days, 1 night

with 6 hours of purposeful effort per day (approx. 20 km)

 

Plus a further 3 months (6 months or 26 weeks in total) in either Service, Skill or Physical Recreation

Regularity

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

Silver

Silver is the second level of the Award and takes 6 months if you have done Bronze, or 12 if you are a direct entrant. You must be 15 years old to start on your Silver Award (unless you have completed Bronze).

To complete your Silver Award you must complete 4 Sections of the Award:

  • Service
  • Skills
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Physical Recreation

The hours and months required for each section are minimums and we encourage you to go over and above this to get the most out of the programme for yourself. You can tackle each section one at a time or do them all at once, it’s all up to you! The time requirements for these Sections are as follows:

Silver Award

Service

Skills

Physical Recreation

Adventurous Journey

Time Requirement

All of these Sections for 6 months (26 weeks).

If you are a Direct Entrant (have not completed Bronze) then you must complete two Sections for 6 months (26 weeks) and 1 Section for 12 months (52 weeks).

Preliminary
Training(s)

Practice Journeys

Qualifying Journey

3 days, 2 nights

with 7 hours of purposeful effort per day (approx. 40 km). 

Regularity

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

Gold

Gold is the highest level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award. 

To complete your Gold Award you must complete 5 Sections of the Award:

  • Service
  • Skills
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Physical Recreation
  • Residential Project

You must be 16 years old to start on your Gold Award. 

The hours and months required for each section are minimums and we encourage you to go over and above this to get the most out of the programme for yourself. You can tackle each section one at a time or do them all at once, it’s all up to you! The time requirements for these Sections (if you have completed Bronze and Silver) are as follows:

Gold Award

Service

Skills

Physical Recreation

Adventurous Journey

Time Requirement

All of these Sections for 12 months (52 weeks).

If you are a Direct Entrant (have not completed Bronze and Silver) then you must complete two Sections for 12 months (52 weeks) and 1 Section for 18 months (78 weeks).

Preliminary
Training(s)

Practice Journeys

Qualifying Journey

4 days, 3 nights

with 8 hours of purposeful effort per day (approx. 65 km).

Regularity

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

Once you have completed your Gold Award you will be invited to attend a Gold Award Ceremony to be presented with your Award by the Governor General.

Direct Entrant (Gold)

You can still do the Gold level of the Award if you have not completed Bronze or Silver. If you choose to do this you will be a Direct Entrant.

There are a few extra requirements for Direct Entrants:

For the Skills, Service and Physical Recreation Sections, you will need to complete 2 for 12 months and 1 for 18 months.

With the Adventurous Journey Section you will need to complete: - Bronze Training, Silver Training & Gold Training + 3 Practice Ventures before the Qualifying Venture.

Ideally they should be completed in the following order:

  • Bronze Preliminary Training
  • A Bronze Practice Venture which becomes your first Practice at Gold.
  • Silver Preliminary Training
  • A Silver Practice Venture which becomes your second Practice at Gold.
  • Gold Preliminary Training.
  • Gold Practice Venture (this is your third Practice Venture).
  • Gold Qualifying Venture.

If you have completed the Bronze Level of the Award, then you will be exempt the Bronze Training and one Practice Venture.

Huanui College is enrolling now for Years 7-13 in 2018

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