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DoE Silver Practice Journey

Armed with the knowledge and skills you gained from your Bronze award, Silver pushes your adventurous spirit further by encouraging discovery that deepens the connection to yourself, your teammates, and the great outdoors.

The stepping-stone to the qualifying journey, the Silver practice journey is a three-day, two-night adventure in New Zealand. Drawing on the skills you gained at Bronze level and through your Silver training, this trip will extend your knowledge further, so you can experience a greater sense of achievement and adventure.

Welcome to the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey section and congratulations on completing the Bronze level! Now that you have fundamental knowledge, skills and experiences in the outdoors, we will help you take the next step in preparing for full independence.

Push it to the next level with us by building on learning developed during The Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Adventurous Journey with all new challenges and novel places to explore. Plan your next adventure so it is unforgettable!

Participants at Silver level are well on their way to achieving with another adventure just waiting around their corner with Social Nature Movement.

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15+ years old

Pre-requisites:  Bronze Qualifier

Dates and locations: You choose

Duration: Two and a half days / two nights.

Transport mode: Kayak or SUP extra $100


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

Silver adventurous journey practice topics:

  • Environmental care:
    • Reasons for minimal impact on the environment.
  • Leadership:
    • Safety management forms,
    • Procedure for dealing with an accident/incident in the type of country visited, reporting and passing messages, summoning help.
  • Trip planning:
    • Planning a trip of two nights’ duration,
    • Safety Management and Expedition forms.
  • Clothing:
    • Clothing for rugged country use,
    • Cost to set up self.
  • Equipment:
    • Equipment for rugged country trips,
    • Packing for a trip of two nights’ duration,
    • Cost to set up self,
    • Use of mountain radios,
    • Knowledge of emergency beacons.
  • Stoves and fuels:
    • Light more than one type of stove,
    • Lighting a hut stove.
  • Food:
    • Plan and cook hot sustaining meals under conditions to be expected on the venture,
    • Dehydrated food.
  • Campcraft:
    • Further training as appropriate.
  • Map reading:
    • Further training and practice in the use of maps, with particular reference to route planning in the type of country to be used,
    • Drawing a map in relation to the local environment.
  • Compass use:
    • Purpose of bearings,
    • Determining a bearing from a map,
    • Travelling on a bearing,
    • Back bearings.
  • Route finding:
    • Walking on routes and through untracked areas.
  • Water safety:
    • The dynamics of rivers and moving water,
    • The best places to cross,
    • Crossing rivers using mutual support.
  • Survival / loss of route:
    • Basic shelter construction techniques for warmth and waterproofing of emergency shelters,
    • Emergency fire lighting,
    • Helicopter safety rules.
  • Outdoor first aid:
    • Actions at an accident scene,
    • Treatment of foreign bodies in eye, nose, ear,
    • Recognition and immobilisation of fractures of the ankle, lower leg, arm,
    • Prevention and treatment of diarrhoea,
    • The recovery position for unconscious patients.
  • Explorations:
    • Observation, survey and recording techniques applicable to final venture,
    • Use of related equipment.

Where necessary, two levels can be on the same journey, provided each participant meets the minimum requirement for the higher Award level.

All practice and qualifying journeys at all levels should be on tracks that have not been used for a previous journey.

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

SILVER AWARD - NZQA Unit Standards Level 2
• Produce a personal targeted CV – 2 credits (4252, v.8)
• Manage own learning in a programme – 3 credits (7118, v.6)
• Apply a problem-solving method – 3 credits (7123, v.7)
• Communicate in a team or group – 3 credits (9677, v.10)
• Complete a work experience placement – 3 credits (10780, v.5)
• Participate in an informal meeting – 3 credits (10791, v.5)


One staff

Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • 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. ) $300.00 $0.00 /Person

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    Sea Kayaking ( 1 Pax - No size limit. ) $400.00 $0.00 /Person

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    SUP ( 1 Pax - No size limit. ) $400.00 $0.00 /Person

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