DUKE OF
EDINBURGH’S
AWARD
IN NEW SOUTH WALES
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT ?
The Award concept is one of individual challenge
It presents you with a balanced, non-competitive program
of voluntary activities which encourage personal
discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance,
responsibility to yourself and service to your community
SOME BACKGROUND…
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Began in the UK in 1956 and has been
operating in NSW since 1962
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Offered in over 100 countries
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Over 6 million participants globally have
undertaken the Award
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Approximately 9000 Record Books issued
in 05/06
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About 50 000 young people have gained the
Award since the program started in NSW
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Over 8000 have achieved the prestigious
Gold Award in NSW
AWARD PHILOSOPHY
• Non competitive
– set your own personal
challenge
• Available to all
– anyone can do it !
• Voluntary
– it’s up to you what you do it’s your leisure time
• Flexible
– your program is designed
by you for you
• Balanced
– it will develop you in all
directions
• Progressive
– you improve at your own pace
and level
• Highly achievable
– anyone can gain an Award
with perseverance
THREE LEVELS
• BRONZE
14 yrs and over
• SILVER
15 yrs and over
• GOLD
16 yrs and over
You have up to your 25th
birthday to complete Award
activities
FOUR SECTIONS
Service
Skills
Physical
Recreation
Adventurous
Journeys
SERVICE
• To develop a sense of community
awareness and service to others
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Conservation and bush regeneration/ tree planting
Emergency – SES, Rural Fire Service
First Aid
Fund raising
Helping at a Day Care Centre/ After School Care/
Children’s home
Hospital/ Nursing Home visiting
Library assistant
Life Saving / Surf Life Saving
Litter reduction/ cleanup campaigns
Meals on Wheels
Working in an Opportunity Shop
Volunteering for the RSPCA/WIRES
Youth leadership
SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
• BRONZE:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 3 months *
• SILVER:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 6 months *
• GOLD:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 12 months *
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Participation must be regular
(ie. at least once a fortnight)
SKILLS
• To encourage the
development of personal
interests and practical skills
EXAMPLES:
art, cartooning, chess, coaching,
collecting, computers, cooking,
crafts, creative writing, debating,
dog training, drama, fishing, flower
arranging, flying, gardening,
languages, magic, meditation,
metalwork, model construction,
music, painting, pet care,
photography, pottery, public
speaking, reading, sculpting, script
writing, singing, theatre studies,
typing, video production
SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
• BRONZE:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 3 months *
• SILVER:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 6 months *
• GOLD:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 12 months *
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Must be non-physical (no sweat!)
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Participation must be regular
(ie at least once a fortnight)
PHYSICAL RECREATION
• To encourage participation in
physical recreation and
improvement of performance.
EXAMPLES:
aerobics, archery, athletics, basketball,
baseball, cricket, cycling, dance, fitness,
golf, gymnastics, hockey, ice skating,
kayaking, lawn bowls, martial arts, netball,
orienteering, Pilates, rock climbing, rowing,
rugby, running, skateboarding, soccer,
softball, squash, surfing, swimming, tennis,
yoga, volleyball, walking, water polo, weight
training
PHYSICAL RECREATION REQUIREMENTS
• BRONZE:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 3 months *
• SILVER:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 6 months *
• GOLD:
1 hour per week (av) over at least 12 months *
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Participation must be regular
(ie at least once a fortnight)
MINIMUM TIMESCALE FOR EACH LEVEL BY SECTION
Service
Skills
Physical
Recreation
Plus:
BRONZE
3 months
3 months
3 months
All participants must do an extra 3
months in either Service or Skills
or Physical Recreation
SILVER
6 months
6 months
6 months
Non-Bronze holders must do an
extra 6 months in either Service or
Skills or Physical Recreation
GOLD
12 months
12 months
12 months
Non-Silver holders must do an
extra 6 months in either Service or
Skills or Physical Recreation
These are minimum time requirements
expressed in whole months, during
which there should be regular
commitment averaging at
least 1 hour per week
EXPEDITIONS
• To encourage the spirit of
adventure and discovery
EXAMPLES:
Bushwalking
boating
canoeing
cycling
horse riding
mountain biking
4WD
EXPEDITION REQUIREMENTS
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BRONZE:
2 days and 1 night
(1 practice and 1 qualifying venture)
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SILVER:
3 days and 2 nights
(1 practice and 1 qualifying venture)
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GOLD:
4 days and 3 nights
( 1 practice and 1 qualifying venture)
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An extra practice is required if
mode of travel is changed
or previous level not
completed
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
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It’s a fantastic opportunity
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It’s enjoyable
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Improve your teamwork, perseverance,
generosity, self-discipline, compassion,
patience, courage, responsibility, tolerance,
self-reliance, independence and determination
Looks great on your CV
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it’s about getting out there and having FUN !!!!
Enhance your personal development
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build the award around activities and hobbies
you are already involved in or start something
completely new
meet new people and make great friends
have adventure and challenge yourself
highly regarded by employers
An internationally
recognised Award
FAQ !
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Do school or work activities count?
No. Award activities must be done in your spare time. You may choose to continue a
school based activity (eg woodwork, computers) in your own time. However, the hours at
school or work can not be counted towards your Award.
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Can I count any activities I was involved in before I started the Award?
No, you cannot count any activities prior to official entry into the Award.
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Can I do my Award in conjunction with Scouts / Girls Brigade / Cadets etc?
Yes, in fact the Award encourages participants to use their involvement with these groups
as a basis for gaining an Award.
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What sort of things can I do?
Almost anything, you are only limited by your imagination.
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How difficult is it?
The Awards are not difficult and are within the reach of everybody. However, the
programme is designed to challenge you and requires a degree of commitment and
effort. It can be as demanding as you choose to make it.
It’s a marathon not a sprint a process not a prize it’s the taking part that matters Award is the icing on the cake
GETTING STARTED ON THE AWARD
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Discuss participation with your parents or guardians – return any required
permission notes to your organisation
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See your “Dukes” Coordinator with any initial permission / authorisation
completed (if required)
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Develop your Award Plan – organise your activities and discuss with
Section Supervisors / Assessors
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Collect blue registration card – complete and return with registration fee
(which includes insurance)
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Receive your Record Book – this is your official record of your progress
through the Award
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You’re all set to go!
RESIDENTIAL (Gold level only)
• To broaden experience through involvement with others in a
residential setting
Requirements
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5 consecutive days
Not your usual companions
Away from home
Some service or training activity should be undertaken
Assessment should be by a suitable person at the residential
setting
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