Open Award Centres (OACs)

What are they all about?

If you fit any of the following, you probably need to visit an OAC:

  • Your school or youth group doesn't do the Award
  • Can't do the Award through your Award Unit
  • Can't make your school expeditions
  • You need help with the 3 Sections
  • A parent or Award Leader who needs some advice
  • Not enough people to make up an Adventurous Journey Group

What is an Open Award Centre?

It is a place where participants, parents and coordinators can come for expert advice, help and to enroll in The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

Who runs them?

This is a collaboration between The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award and Auckland Challenge Inc.

Where and When?

Current dates and opening times for Auckland:

Area

Location

Address

Time

Dates

Central

Mt Albert

 YMCA

773 New North Rd, Mt Albert

In Foyer

3.45-4.30pm

Feb –Nov

1St Tues Not school Holidays

North

Windsor Park Baptist Church

550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay

6-8pm

Feb –Nov

1st Tues

East

Ellerslie YMCA

Michaels Ave

Ellerslie

5.30-6.30pm

Feb-Nov

2nd Mon

South

Onehunga YMCA

5 Pearce St, Onehunga

5.30-6.30pm

Feb-Nov

3rd Tues

East

Bucklands Beach Sea Scout Hall

32 Morrow Ave,

Bucklands Beach

5.30-6.30pm

Feb-Nov

4th Tues

West (Private)

Akl  International  College

Heaphy St

1st and 2nd Wed

Feb-Nov

West   

Arataki Visitors Centre

300 Scenic Drive

Waitakere Ranges

Please see Auckland Challenge Inc Website

1st Day at Arataki

2nd Day Bush TBA 

West

New Lynn Community  Centre

45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn

4.30-6.00pm

Feb –Nov

2nd Tues

 

If you plan on attending one of these centres, it would be great if you could let Kathryn Wood know on 0274 916 618 or k_wood@clear.net.nz (note there is a _between k and wood).

What happens at an Open Award Centre (OAC) night?

Trained Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Award Leaders are there for anyone wanting to enroll, they help you to decide which activities you want to do for your Sections, provide advice and guidance on where to access those activities, plus a troubleshooting and information service for teachers, parents and other adults.

What does it cost to join the Open Award Centres (OAC)?

Access to the OAC is FREE; but there may be charges for the Adventurous Journey activities.

 

Adventurous Journey Opportunities

Training is held monthly for Auckland Challenge Inc members. Others may attend if there are places available.

You must book this with Kathryn Wood.

These are held at the Arataki Visitors Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Waitakere Ranges

For further information contact:

Kathryn Wood or Gemma Thompson

Auckland Challenge Inc Award Leaders

0274 916 618

k_wood@clear.net.nz (note there is a _ between k and wood)

Andy Woodhouse

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Training & Development Director

027 230 8868

andy@dofehillary.org.nz

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