Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Australian Challenge, owes it’s origins to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This was established in 1956, at the instigation of the Duke of Edinburgh, in the UK. His aim was to give purpose to the leisure time of British youth. The Award Scheme is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. Award candidates are required to 

  • undertake some form of community service
  • pursue a physical activity
  • undertake a recreational skill and 
  • train for and undertake an exploration or expedition

The Scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each more demanding. 

Young people attempting the Awards are encouraged

  • to learn through experience  
  • to enjoy themselves in the process, 
  • display a degree of self-discipline, enterprise and effort 

The following are the minimum time requirements for each section of The Award:

  Bronze Silver Gold
Physical Recreation 3 months* 6 months** 12 months***
Skill 3 months* 6 months** 12 months***
Volunteering 3 months* 6 months** 12 months***
Adventurous Journey 2 days + 1 night 3 days + 2 nights 4 days + 3 nights
Residential Projects N/A N/A 5 days + 4 nights
Minimum age to start 14 years 15 years 16 years

* Plus for the Major Section: All participants must complete an additional 3 months in either Fitness, Skill or Volunteering. 

** Participants who have not achieved a Bronze Award must complete an additional 6 months in either Fitness, Skill or Volunteering

*** Participants who have not achieved a Silver Award must complete an additional 6 months in either Fitness, Skill or Volunteering Adventurous

Award Activities

St Edmund’s, as a registered operator, provides the organizational structure and the support base for students who wish to participate in the Challenge as a co-curricular activity. 

The College focuses on training candidates in the different skills required to undertake the assessed expedition/exploration. 

Skill areas covered include: 

  • first aid, 
  • survival skills,
  • map reading and navigation, 
  • weather patterns and forecasting, 
  • environmental awareness, 
  • camping skills, camp cooking, etc.

Each term, St Edmunds organises an expedition/exploration for students. These include one day walks, sea kayaking and two/three day hikes.

Community service, recreational skills and a physical activity are the responsibility of each individual student.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has an excellent website 

http://www.dukeofed.com.au/