The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

 

History of the Award

The Award Programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, to encourage and motivate young people over the age of 14 to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development activities.

The programme was designed with great care by a small team, whose members included HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; Dr Kurt Hahn, educationlist and founder of Outward Bound and the United World Colleges; Lord Porritt, the New Zealand Olympic athlete, Royal Surgeon and former Governor-General; and Lord Hunt, the famous adventurer and leader of the team which supported Sir Edmund Hillary in the conquest of Mount Everest.

Almost as soon as it was launched in the UK, the Award was taken up by schools and youth groups in other countries. The unique compostition of the programme is ideally suited to easy adaptation and integration into different cultures and societies. The basic content of the Award remains the same throughout the world, but the activities, the application and even the title are all adapted to suit the varying needs of young people in different countries.

Over the past three decades the Award has developed and grown, touching lives of young people in more than 60 countries. The programme is continuously evaluated and modified to suit the changing demands of a modern society and the needs of young people. Today the Award is a major international programme recognised and used by agencies concerned with youth throughout the world.

In New Zealand, although one or two organisations started taking part earlier, it was not until 18 July 1963 that the Governor-General, Sir Bernard Fergusson, held the inaugural meeting of the National Council of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in New Zealand at Government House in Wellington, when a Constitution for the Award in New Zealand was adopted.

More information on The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award programme may be found at https://dofehillary.org.nz/.

 

Introducing the Sections

There are four sections that need to be completed at each level (with an extra requirement at Gold level). As you move through the levels a higher degree of commitment is required, but you can choose your own activities for each section and complete the requirements with things that you enjoy doing!

The hours and months required for each section are minimums and we encourage you to go over and above this to get the most out of the programme for yourself. You can tackle each section one at a time or do them all at once ... it's all up to you!

 

Award Adaptations due to COVID-19

The following Award Covid Adaptations will remain in place while the country is at Traffic Light RED: 

  • Adventurous Journeys may be organised in a familiar environment.
  • Participants can use a home, or venue such as a school gym, as accommodation during Adventurous Journeys.
  • Gold Residential Projects using online workshops and returning home each night.

Red Setting Outdoor Activity Update: EOTC - Red setting update Feb 2022 

Please be aware the following adaptations are no longer in place:

  • Volunteering for family members and Whānau as assessors will no longer be able to be used from 1st January 2022.
  • All adaptations to waiver the practice journey must be applied on or before 31st December 2021. The Qualifying Journey can then be completed at any time in 2022.

Participants should be taking initiative and if, for example, their service activity cannot continue due to a move to orange or red then it is their responsibility to find a new activity that can be done during those levels.

The National Office does recognise that there may be a need in some areas for adaptations and will consider these on a case by case basis when Award Leaders submit these in writing to communitydelivery@dofehillary.org.nz

If there are any changes of circumstance with Covid we will move promptly to respond to these and email our community.

Vaccination Status of Participants

Award Units will need to decide under their safety management systems whether they will be taking unvaccinated participants and will need to communicate this to participants before they register for their Award.

Click here for information on Completing your Award during Covid-19

Click here for our COVID Activity Template (Traffic Light)


Other useful links:

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)

Recreation NZ

DOC - https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/issues/covid-19/

COVID-19 toolkit and resources:
Thank you to Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation for sharing their COVID-19 Resource Hub. You can use this resource to access a number of excellent toolkits and guides which organisations can tailor for their own use including: Vaccination toolkit, Vaccination Decision Making Guide, Risk Assessment, COVID-19 Policy and COVID-19 Get Ready Guide. 

Pro Vaccination Support

 

BRONZE AWARD - https://dofehillary.org.nz/Bronze

The Duke of Edinburgh's Guide for Bronze Award Participants may be downloaded here.

Duke of Edinburgh has online enrolment and an online record book.  To enrol, students will need to go to https://www.onlinerecordbook.org/fo/ and complete the process.  When asked for the Award Unit, students need to select Glendowie College.  

The Online Record Book ($86.25) needs to be purchased and paid for directly to Duke of Edinburgh.  When the participant goes through the registration process, they will be asked how they wish to pay and will have two options available to them.  Please click here for information on using the online record book (ORB).

Once the registration process is completed, the Award leader needs to approve the registration (making the online record book active).  Only once the registration has been approved will the participant be able to have full access their online record book.

Training, Practice and Qualifying tramps will be outsourced with payments made directly to Bigfoot Adventures ($210 per Bronze trip).  The Training Day costs $100.  These prices may change due to factors outside the school's control.

The Bronze dates for 2022 are as follows:

Training
6 March
26 March
 
Practice Journey
9/10 April - Option 1
28/29 May - Option 2 
 
Qualifying Journey
17/18 September - Qualifying Journey 1
29/30 October - Qualifying Journey 2
 

The Bronze dates for 2023 are as follows:

Training
5 March
18 March
 
Practice Journey
15/16 April - Option 1
27/28 May - Option 2 
 
Qualifying Journey
9/10 September - Qualifying Journey 1
28/29 October - Qualifying Journey 2
 
Students who are unable to get on the relevant tramp with Bigfoot Adventures may also try Adventure Works as an alternative option, please see the following link for more information:  http://www.adventureworks.co.nz/the-duke-of-edinburghrsquos-hillary-award.html 
 
 

Contacts

Bronze Co-ordinator

Mrs Jennifer Champness
Email: chp@gdc.school.nz 

 
 
  Service Skill Physical Recreation
Bronze 3 months

3 months

3 months

  Plus a further 3 months in either Service, Skill or Physical Recreation
Regularity At least 15 hours spread over the 3 months
Or
At least 30 hours spread over the 6 months
At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

 

 

SILVER AWARD - https://dofehillary.org.nz/Silver

The Duke of Edinburgh's Guide for Silver Award Participants may be downloaded here.

Duke of Edinburgh has online enrolment and an online record book.  To enrol, students will need to go to https://www.onlinerecordbook.org/fo/ and complete the process.  When asked for the Award Unit, students need to select Glendowie College.  

The Online Record Book ($86.25) needs to be purchased and paid for directly to Duke of Edinburgh.  

When the participant goes through the registration process, they will be asked how they wish to pay and will have two options available to them:

  1. Pay online using the payment gateway – If the participant selects this option then on completion of the registration process a link will be sent to their parent (using the email address the participant entered for their parent during the registration process).  The parent will click on this link and it will take them to a payment gateway whereby they can pay using their debit/credit card.  Once payment has been made, the system will automatically update the participants online record book payment status to ‘Paid’.  All payments made using the online payment gateway are charged a fee of 3.4% of the registration fee (e.g. Bronze level of 86.25 x 3.4 = $2.93 online payment fee charge).
  2. Pay National Office directly via internet bank transfer – National office’s banking details will be listed on this option as well as the price of Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.  
    Once payment has cleared in the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award’s bank account, an Award staff member will change the participants online record book payment status to ‘Paid’.

Once the registration process is completed, the Award leader needs to approve the registration (making the online record book active).  Only once the registration has been approved will the participant be able to have full access their online record book.

Please click here for information on using the online record book (ORB).

Training for the tramp needs to be completed by Bigfoot Adventures.

In 2022 all Silver tramps will be outsourced with payments made directly to Bigfoot Adventures ($280 per Silver trip).

The teacher-in-charge is Mr Richard Thompson, email thr@gdc.school.nz  

The dates for the Silver tramps for 2022 are: 

Training
5 March

Please sign up with Bigfoot Adventures.  The cost for the Silver training is $100.

Practice Tramps
19 April to 21 April (Option 1)
14 May to 16 May (Option 2) 

The cost for Silver practice tramp is $310.

Final Journey
4 October to 6 October (Option 1) - Cancelled
22 October to 24 October (Option 2)

The cost for the Silver qualifier is $310.

The dates for the Silver tramps for 2023 are: 

Training
4 March

Practice Tramps
15 April to 17 April (Option 1)
20 May to 22 May (Option 2) 

Final Journey
26 September to 28 September (Option 1)
21 October to 23 October (Option 2)

Students who are unable to get on the relevant tramp with Bigfoot Adventures may also try Adventure Works as an alternative option, please see the following link for more information:  https://www.adventureworks.co.nz/duke_of_edinburgh.html  

For general enquiries please contact Mr Richard Thompson, email thr@gdc.school.nz 

 

Contacts

Mr Richard Thompson
Email: thr@gdc.school.nz 

 

  Service Skill Physical Recreation
Silver

Two of these Sections for 6 months
One Section for 4 months

Or Direct Entrant (Someone who has not completed Bronze)

  Service

Skill

Physical Recreation
Silver Two Sections for 6 months
One Section for 12 months
Regularity At least 20 hours spread over the 4 months
Or
At least 30 hours spread over the 6 months
Or
At least 60 hours spread over the 12 months
At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

 

 

GOLD AWARD - https://dofehillary.org.nz/Gold

The Duke of Edinburgh's Guide for Gold Award Participants may be downloaded here.

Duke of Edinburgh has online enrolment and an online record book.  To enrol, students will need to go to https://www.onlinerecordbook.org/fo/ and complete the process.  When asked for the Award Unit, students need to select Glendowie College.  

The Online Record Book ($115) needs to be purchased and paid for directly to Duke of Edinburgh.  When the participant goes through the registration process, they will be asked how they wish to pay and will have two options available to them:

  1. Pay online using the payment gateway – If the participant selects this option then on completion of the registration process a link will be sent to their parent (using the email address the participant entered for their parent during the registration process).  The parent will click on this link and it will take them to a payment gateway whereby they can pay using their debit/credit card.  Once payment has been made, the system will automatically update the participants online record book payment status to ‘Paid’.  All payments made using the online payment gateway are charged a fee of 3.4% of the registration fee (e.g. Bronze level of 86.25 x 3.4 = $2.93 online payment fee charge).
  2. Pay National Office directly via internet bank transfer – National office’s banking details will be listed on this option as well as the price of Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.  
    Once payment has cleared in the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award’s bank account, an Award staff member will change the participants online record book payment status to ‘Paid’.

Once the registration process is completed, the Award leader needs to approve the registration (making the online record book active).  Only once the registration has been approved will the participant be able to have full access their online record book.

Please click here for information on using the online record book (ORB).

The Gold tramps are scheduled for 24 to 26 October 2020.  The final tramp is from 6 to 10 December 2020. 

Dates for 2021 to be confirmed - any queries please email Fiona Smith smi@gdc.school.nz
 

The practice tramp, training and qualifying journey will be provided and run by the award leaders at the college in conjunction with specialised providers for the kayaking aspect of the trip.  The teacher-in-charge is Miss Fiona Smith, email smi@gdc.school.nz 

 

Contacts

Ms Julie Barrack
Email: brk@gdc.school.nz

Ms Fiona Smith
Email: smi@gdc.school.nz

 

  Service Skill Physical Recreation
Gold

Two of these Sections for 12 months
One Section for 5 months

Or Direct Entrant (Someone who has not completed Silver)

  Service

 Skill

Physical Recreation
Gold One Section for 5 months
One Section for 12 months
One Section for 18 months
Regularity At least 25 hours spread over the 5 months
Or
At least 60 hours spread over the 12 months
Or
At least 90 hours spread over the 18 months
At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

 

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