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:
- undertake some form of community service,
- pursue a physical activity,
- undertake a recreational skill and
- train for and undertake an exploration or expedition.
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:
- first aid,
- survival skills,
- map reading and navigation,
- weather patterns and forecasting,
- environmental awareness,
- camping skills, camp cooking, etc.
Each term, St Edmunds organises an expedition/exploration for students. These include one day walks, sea kayaking and two/three day hikes.
Visit the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme website for more information- dukeofed.com.au/