The Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Collaroy Centre has been involved in the Adventurous Journey component of The Duke of Ed for over 15 years, and we pride ourselves on running safe and enjoyable expeditions. We love seeing young people challenged as they learn new skills and discover more about themselves.
Our qualified team will guide you through preparation and training prior to your first hiking expedition, then teach you skills like navigation and camp craft on your practice expedition, and finally assess your skills on your qualifying expedition.
We run expeditions in each of the school holidays that are open to students from any school, and also offer customisable private expeditions for your school group.
“My Gold Camp with The Collaroy Centre has been simply invaluable. The Salvation Army team were always supportive and guided us through our adventure with organisation and enthusiasm as well as with a high regard for the safety and well-being of all students involved. As a result I have gained experience and memories that I will cherish for many years to come” Alexandra (Student)
“I have found this organisation to be excellent. We were provided with accurate, safe and useful information and my daughter said she learnt so much. I was very pleased to have my daughters positive and enthusiastic feedback, and highly recommend this organisation to other like-minded parents. I feel kids are quite savvy when it comes to determining efficiency and quality, and The Collaroy Centre delivered both” Jinah (Parent)
2017 Open Expeditions Calendar
|Award Level||Date||Location||Cut off Date||Briefing Date||Capacity|
|Bronze Practice||25th - 26th Sept||Berowra Circuit||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept||Full|
|Gold Practice||26th - 29th Sept||Yarramalong to Wondabyne||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept|
|Silver Practice||27th - 29th Sept||Hornsby to Cowan||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept|
|Silver Qualifying||27th - 29th Sept||Somersby to Patonga||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept||Full|
|Bronze Qualifying||3rd - 4th Oct||The Coast Walk||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept||Full|
|Silver Qualifying||4th - 6th Oct||Somersby to Patonga||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept||Full|
|Gold Qualifying||3rd - 6th Oct||Helensburgh Circuit||Fri 15th Sept||Thurs 21st Sept||Full|
|Bronze Practice||11th - 12th Dec||Berowra Circuit||Fri 1st Dec||Wed 6th Dec||Limited Space|
|Gold Practice||12th - 15th Dec||Yarramalong to Wondabyne||Fri 1st Dec||Wed 6th Dec|
|Silver Practice||13th - 15th Dec||Hornsby to Cowan||Fri 1st Dec||Wed 6th Dec|
|Bronze Qualifying||18th - 19th Dec||The Coast Walk||Fri 1st Dec||Wed 6th Dec|
|Silver Qualifying||18th - 20th Dec||Somersby to Patonga||Fri 1st Dec||Wed 6th Dec|
|Gold Qualifying||18th - 22nd Dec||Kosciuszko||Fri 1st Dec||Wed 6th Dec|
Duke Of Ed FAQs
The brief night is where you complete the Preparation and Training section of your Adventurous Journey. We will run through some information on a range of topics like equipment and food, to help get you ready for your expedition. It is compulsory for all students doing their first expedition with The Collaroy Centre, regardless of which level it is. Your parents are welcome to come with you, but they cannot come instead of you.
We like you to come on the advertised night so you can meet the other participants in your expedition. However we understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances which prevent this. If that is the case, let us know and we can work with you to try and arrange a private briefing with our staff for an additional cost.
At each level of the Award you need to complete both a Practice hike and a Qualifying hike.
While some of our participants come with other people from their school, lots of participants also come on their own. You will get a chance to meet other people, and this often results in long term friendships.
Absolutely. All of our hikes will have the supervision of at least 1 head guide and they will be with you throughout the duration of the trip.
Unfortunately not. To help you get the most out of your trip, each expedition is run differently with the practice focusing on teaching and training you in the skills you need, and the qualifying assessing you on those skills. Keeping them separate creates the best learning experience for you.
If you are jumping straight into silver or gold then you will need to do at least one hike of a lower level (Bronze or Silver), as well as a Practice and Qualifying at the level you are doing. This is to ensure you are sufficiently prepared, unless you have evidence to show prior experience.
You need to download your activity summary from the online record book and email this, along with a comprehensive journey report, to email@example.com There is some more information on what you need to do in the workbook we provide you with, or on the Duke of Ed Website.
2017 Expedition Pricing
|Practice or Qualifying||$170||$255||$345||$730|
|Trangia (cooking stove) includes fuel||$20||$25||$30||$30|
|Tent (2 person)||$25||$30||$35||$35|
Note: Prices are subject to change and are based on minimum participant numbers being reached. An additional $10 is charged for any hike over a weekend, and $20 for any hike over a Public Holiday.
Forms received after the cut off date will incur a $25 late fee.
What does the price include?
- The instruction and supervision of our experienced and qualified guides
- Industry compliant staff to student ratios
- A training workbook and 2 hour briefing session
- 24 hour logistics support throughout all hikes
- Group communication devices ie EPIRBS and satellite phones
- Group first aid kit
- All camping and National Park fees
- On trip brief and de-brief
- Participant maps
- Fuel for hire stoves
- Drop off and pick up of hire equipment at the start and end of hikes
- And we will act as the assessor for your adventurous journey, saving your teachers valuable time and effort! This can be completed through the Online or paper Record Book