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DoE Bronze Practice Journey

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Bronze Practice Adventurous Journey

An introduction to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors, Bronze level is about working as a team and developing an understanding of expedition preparation and planning. The stepping-stone to the qualifying journey, the Bronze practice journey is an overnight event. An opportunity to put your skills into practice and get your gear list figured out for future journeys, this trip is a big learning curve that’s lots of fun. After packing your own backpack, you’ll walk to your destination, prepare the campsite and sleep in a tent, before packing up and tramping back the next day.

Congratulations on signing up and starting your journey with The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. This is the first step towards achieving the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award; Adventurous Journey.

Aiming to ‘encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery’, participants gain expedition preparation and planning skills as part of teamwork in the great outdoors to build solid foundations for future adventures.

Social Nature Movement has designed events that cater to all levels of experience, including those that have little outdoor experience. At Bronze level participants have the opportunity to develop these skills further during the Bronze Practice Journey and Qualifying Journey.

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14+ years old

Pre-requisites:  Planning and Training

Dates and locations: You choose

Duration: Two days / one night.

Transport mode: Kayak or SUP extra $50


Other Adventurous Journeys

Occasionally, a significant expedition or exploration involving extra innovation, creativity and challenge may take place. In such circumstances, the advice and agreement of a Group’s or Unit’s Operating Authority is required to proceed. The only additional stipulation is that all participants must be aged 18 or over. It is also the case that significant Adventurous Journeys - such as scaling a Himalayan peak - would require the advice and assistance, usually at cost, of an external provider such as a reliable expedition company.

Examples of explorations and expeditions

• Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal
studies, river valleys, plant studies, bird studies or animal studies,
insect studies
• Exploring historic land use: prehistoric man, historical periods
• Exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks,
pollution monitoring, surveys of numbers of walkers in remote areas
• Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
• Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle or canoe/ kayak
• Investigating group dynamics in challenging conditions
• Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river

• Extensive sail across an ocean
• Climbing an Alpine, Himalayan or other high mountainous peak
• Cycling from one end of a country to another or from coast to coast

Bronze adventurous journey practice topics:

  • Environmental care:
    • The Environmental Care Code (DOC),
    • Personal hygiene,
    • Purification of drinking water, including against giardia.
  • Leadership:
    • Personal responsibility to self and others,
    • Leadership styles – authoritarian, functional, situational, shared,
    • Skills required and responsibilities.
  • Trip planning:
    • Trip planning components,
    • Considerations just before leaving,
    • Post-trip considerations,
    • Planning an overnight trip,
    • Safety Management and Expedition forms.
  • Clothing:
    • Types and uses of clothing,
    • The properties of materials, eg, flammability,
    • The layering principle,
    • Foot wear.
  • Equipment:
    • Types of equipment and uses – eg, packs, sleeping bag, tents, cookers,
    • Packing for day and overnight trips,
    • Constructing a personal survival kit,
    • Looking after and cleaning gear,
    • Knowledge of: Mountain Safety radio, cell phones.
  • Stoves and fuels:
    • Use of common stoves used on weekend trips and the safe handling of their fuel,
    • Correct use of one type of stove.
  • Food:
    • Types of food – carbohydrates, proteins, fats,
    • Planning breakfast, lunch and dinner meals in relation to cooking requirements and weight issues,
    • Importance of snacks and water,
    • Packaging to reduce rubbish and protect against pests,
    • Cooking simple meals using camping stoves.
  • Campcraft:
    • Campsite selection criteria,
    • Tent placement, pitching, striking,
    • No trace camping,
    • Siting of areas for cooking, ablutions, sanitation,
    • Fire precautions,
    • Hut etiquette.
  • Map reading:
    • What a map is and types,
    • Folding a map,
    • Map series, name and number,
    • Marginal information – scale; true, magnetic and grid north; conventional signs; etc.,
    • Relief shown by contours, colours, hill shading, trig stations, spot heights,
    • Recognition of slopes, spurs, cols, bush, scrub, etc.,
    • Direction of streams,
    • Scale of map,
    • Contours,
    • Methods of expressing scale,
    • Distances – how to measure them; effect of hills,
    • Describing an intended route from a map,
    • 6-figure grid references,
    • Orientating a map using ground features
  • Compass use:
    • The structure and care of a compass,
    • Magnetic north,
    • Magnetic variation,
    • Orientating (setting) a map using a compass.
  • Route finding:
    • Land forms and natural features,
    • Walking on formed tracks,
    • Moving over rough terrain,
    • Track markers,
    • Moving using natural senses and features only,
    • Location awareness – “knowing where you are”,
    • Reducing the chances of getting lost
  • Water safety:
    • Care near rivers and seashores,
    • Planning to avoid crossing rivers
  • Survival / loss of route:
    • Making a survival kit,
    • What to do when route lost (staying alive in comfort),
    • Recognising and using natural shelters eg, rock overhangs, logs,
    • Helping searchers.
  • Outdoor first aid:
    • Personal & party first aid kits,
    • Cleaning and treatment of grazes and cuts,
    • Simple dressings,
    • Stopping bleeding by direct pressure,
    • Treatment of blisters, stings, burns,
    • Recognition and treatment of sprains and strains,
    • Recognition and stabilisation of fractures,
    • Recognition and treatment of shock,
    • Prevention, recognition and treatment of hypothermia.
  • Explorations:
    • Observation, survey and recording techniques applicable to final venture,
    • Use of related equipment.

How to sign off completed Adventurous Journeys using ORB

Firstly access the Online Record Book (ORB), here

Then, follow the sign-off information, here

Apply for NCEA credits while doing your Duke of Edinburgh Award

BRONZE AWARD - NZQA Unit Standards (US) Level 1
• Wellbeing – 3 credits (496, v.10)
• Generic CV Building – 2 credits (504, v.8)
• Be interviewed for an informal, one to one, face to face interview – 2 credits (1293, v.7)
• Communicating as part of a team with a routine task – 2 credits (3503, v.6)
• Creating a Presentation – 3 credits (5946, v.8)


One staff

Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Hot thermos
  • Knife and saw
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter
  • Repair kit



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Clothing and Equipment list for the Duke of Edinburgh Award

First Aid kit


Pack liner

Pack rain cover

Day pack / mission bag

Sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping mat



Knife / multi tool / swiss army knife

Tent / Shelter / Fly / Bivouac


Wind and Waterproof Jacket

Wind and Waterproof Pants

Insulation (fleece, down, synthetic)

Bottom layer (polypropylene)



Wide brimmed leather hat

Neck scarf

Cooker and fuel



Boots, gaiters, camp shoes







All of the above is available to rent / hire or buy

  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Price
    1Pax - No size limit

    Tramping ( 1 Pax - No size limit. ) $200.00 $0.00 /Person

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    Sea Kayaking ( 1 Pax - No size limit. ) $250.00 $0.00 /Person

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    SUP ( 1 Pax - No size limit. ) $250.00 $0.00 /Person

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