If you are a Cadet, your mahi may count towards your Award. There are Cadet Award Units around Aotearoa, if your Cadet Unit isn’t listed on ORB you can connect with Cadet’s National Award Unit. Once you sign up you’ll have access to an Award Leader from Cadets to help you get started. Please note, this Award Leader might not be your Officer or Adult Supervisor. You can only claim Recognition of Prior Learning (RPA) if you are doing your Award through one of Cadet’s Award Units.
If you chose not to join a Cadets Award Unit, you can still use your programme activities towards gaining your Award. You will need to provide your Award Leader with information on how your programme activities meet criteria for your Award sections and find an adult at Cadets to be your Assessor.
Note that the requirements of the Award must be met, so you may need additional activity time to complete your Award. This could be in the activity you are already doing and/or another activity.
Below is a list of many of the Cadet Forces activities that fit with each of the Award sections. You can use other suitable activities, however these are the ones that are an integral part of New Zealand Cadet Forces.
SERVICE: GIVE BACK
Give back to your community by regularly volunteering
NZCF activities that meet the service section:
- Teamwork and leadership conducted while attending unit parades and activities
Bronze: Attending NZCF Year 2 Training
Silver: Attending NZCF Year 3 Training
Gold: Attending NZCF Year 4 Training
- ANZAC Day, Poppy Day and Remembrance Day preparation and participation
- Other community service events
PHYSICAL: BREAK A SWEAT
Participate regularly in a team or individual sport eg: netball, soccer, kayaking, running, dance.
SKILLS: FIND YOUR GENIUS
Challenge yourself to improve your skills and widen your interests
NZCF activities that meet the Skills section:
ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY: GET WILD AND EXPLORE
As part of a small team plan, train for and undertake an expedition or exploration for a set number of days in the outdoors. This includes 20 hours training in bush craft skills and a practice journey prior to undertaking the qualifying journey.
RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (Gold Award only): LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Attend a Residential Project and undertake purposeful activity with people who you don’t already know.
Most of the NZCF residential training/courses can fall into this section. To meet the criteria of the Residential Project, trainees from the same unit who join the same course must be placed in different syndicates.