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
The Scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each more demanding.
Young people attempting the Awards are encouraged
The following are the minimum time requirements for each section of The Award:
|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
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:
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