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DoE Silver Practice Journey

Duration: Two and a half days / two nights

Armed with the knowledge and skills you gained from your DoE Bronze award, Silver DoE 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 DoE skills you gained at Bronze level and through your Silver DoE training, this practice trip will extend your DoE 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 DoE knowledge, skills and experiences in the New Zealand outdoors, SNM will help you take the next step in preparing for full independence. Push it to the next level with SNM by building on DoE learning developed during The Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Adventurous Journey with all new challenges and novel NZ places to explore. Plan your next DoE adventure so it is unforgettable!

Duke of Edinburgh participants at Silver level are well on their way to achieving with another adventure just waiting around their corner with Social Nature Movement. Where necessary, two DoE 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.

15+ years old

Pre-requisites:  Bronze Qualifier

Dates and locations: You choose

Transport mode: Tramp, Kayak, SuP or Packrafting

Other Silver Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys

Occasionally, a significant silver 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.

Social Nature Movement provides Adventurous Journeys by Tramping, Sea Kayaking, Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding and Packrafting.

If tramping, journeys must be on formed tracks and those tracks should be in-line with the Department of Conservations (DoC) Walking track categories: Bronze = ‘easy’, Silver = ‘ intermediate’, Gold = ‘advanced’. ‘expert’ at SNM's and DoE's discretion.

Examples of Silver Duke of Ed 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

How to sign off completed Silver DoE 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 Silver 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)

Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or fill an enquiry here

Duration: Two and a half days / two nights


Environmental care

Reasons for minimal impact on the environment


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 for rugged country use,
Cost to set up self.


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.


Plan and cook hot sustaining meals under conditions to be expected on the venture,
Dehydrated food.


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.


Observation, survey and recording techniques applicable to final venture,
Use of related equipment.

Whenever you want! We just need 4+ participants, then we can go at a date of your choosing!

Yes! It is becoming a popular option. There are pro's and con's to both, but combining them means a longer immersion in nature, half the amount of logistics and you get it over and done with in one go.

It is a combination of instructor and student. The instructor will teach you as much as they can to set you up for independent succes and autonomy come your qualifying journey.

SNM offers tramping, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and packrafting.

SNM staff carry cellphones and emergency communication devices where it is often (but not always) possible to connect.

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

Clothing and Equipment list for the Duke of Edinburgh Award


  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket
  • Wind and Waterproof Pants (Autumn/Winter only)
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal (polypropylene) shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper (x1 Summer, x2 Autumn)
  • Alternative insulation jumper x1 (wool, down, synthetic) (add this if Winter)
  • Thermal bottom leggings (polypropylene),
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Compass
  • Camp shoes (jandals / crocs)
  • Closed-toe footwear (trail runners / boots)
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle (1L+)
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (not critical)
  • Sleeping mat (can be hired $15/day)
  • Cooker and fuel (can be hired $10/day)
  • Tent (can be hired $20/day)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Watch (not critical)
  • Knife / multi tool / swiss army knife
  • Walking poles (not critical)
  • Day pack / mission bag
  • Waterproof pack liner (can be a large black rubbish bag)
  • Pack rain cover (not critical)
  • Backpack (50-75L) to put all of the above in
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