Outdoor Training New Zealand
A guide to completing your Duke of Edinburgh's Award with OTNZ
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and why should I get involved?
The concept of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) is simple – anyone aged 14 to 24 can do a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.
Because Award programmes are all about getting out there, having fun and self-development, everyone can achieve something. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an adventurous journey and at Gold level only, taking part in a residential activity.
What do I need to do to achieve my Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award?
The programme is made up of four sections (five at Gold). Over the required time you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week. You’ll need to show persistence, commitment and personal development.
Bronze (14+ years old)
To achieve your Bronze Award, you need to complete the following sections:
Silver (15+ years old)
To achieve your Silver Award, you need to complete the following sections:
Gold (16+ years old)
To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete the following sections:
There are a lot of activities you may already be doing that can count towards your Award. Here are a few examples to help get you started:
Service: coach or manage a sports team, fundraise for a charity, volunteer at the SPCA, become a leader at a youth club, help with an emergency services team such as surf life-saving
Physical: do a team sport such as soccer or netball, athletics, skiing, kayaking, kickboxing, horse riding, running, dancing
Skills: play a musical instrument, learn a craft such as jewellery making, referee or umpire for a sport, learn sign language, drama and theatre skills
Adventurous Journey or Exploration: you can work towards the expedition section of the Award through various programmes at OTNZ as outlined below
Residential Project (Gold Award only): attend a residential programme for five days and four nights with people you don’t know and undertake purposeful activity – youth camps, cookery courses, sailing courses, photogrpahy etc
How Outdoor Training New Zealand (OTNZ) can help you gain your Award
OTNZ run specific courses to meet the requirements of the following sections of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award:
• Bronze Adventurous Journey
• Silver Adventurous Journey
• Gold Adventurous Journey
OTNZ has a list of their upcoming Award programmes advertised on their website here.
It’s as simple as finding the right programme for you and signing up.
Step 1: Decide which level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme you would like to do – this will depend on your age, time commitments etc
Step 2: Talk to your Award Leader and arrange to register to do your Award programme
Step 3: Decide with your Leader what you are going to do for each section of your Award programme
Step 4: Get started! Don’t forget to log your progress on ORB, our online record book, and ask your Assessors to sign off each section as you complete them
Step 5: Once your Award programme is complete, speak to your Leader who will arrange for you to receive your certificate or badge. They can also advise you about starting the next level of the Award if appropriate.
How long will it take?
The time it will take to complete your programme and achieve an Award is in many ways down to you. The shortest time in which you can complete your Bronze programme is 6 months; your Silver programme, 6 months; and your Gold programme, 12 months. During your programme you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week over this time. Don’t forget – you have until your 25th birthday to complete any programme and achieve an Award!
Find out more…
Talk to your Award Leader to get more information and take a look at the OTNZ facebook page and their website. You can also find out more by taking a look at the about the Award section of this website