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)

 

Hike Schedule

2017 Open Expeditions Calendar

 Award LevelDate LocationCut off DateBriefing DateCapacity
bronzeBronze Practice26th - 27th JuneBerowra CircuitMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd June
silverSilver Practice26th - 28th JuneHornsby to CowanMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd JuneFull
bronzeBronze Practice3rd - 4th JulyBerowra CircuitMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd June
goldGold Practice4th - 7th JulyYarramalong to WondabyneMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd JuneLimited Space
silverSilver Practice5th - 7th JulyHornsby to CowanMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd June
silverSilver Qualifying5th - 7th JulySomersby to PatongaMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd JuneFull
bronzeBronze Qualifying10th - 11th JulyThe Coast WalkMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd June
goldGold Qualifying11th - 14th JulyHelensburgh CircuitMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd June
silverSilver Qualifying12th - 14th JulySomersby to PatongaMon 19th JuneThurs 22nd June
bronzeBronze Practice25th - 26th SeptBerowra CircuitFri 15th SeptThurs 21st Sept
goldGold Practice26th - 29th SeptYarramalong to WondabyneFri 15th SeptThurs 21st Sept
silverSilver Practice27th - 29th SeptHornsby to CowanFri 15th SeptThurs 21st Sept
silverSilver Qualifying27th - 29th SeptSomersby to PatongaFri 15th SeptThurs 21st SeptFull
bronzeBronze Qualifying3rd - 4th OctThe Coast WalkFri 15th SeptThurs 21st Sept
silverSilver Qualifying4th - 6th OctSomersby to PatongaFri 15th SeptThurs 21st Sept
goldGold Qualifying3rd - 6th OctHelensburgh CircuitFri 15th SeptThurs 21st Sept
bronzeBronze Practice11th - 12th DecBerowra CircuitFri 1st DecWed 6th Dec
goldGold Practice12th - 15th DecYarramalong to WondabyneFri 1st DecWed 6th Dec
silverSilver Practice13th - 15th DecHornsby to CowanFri 1st DecWed 6th Dec
bronzeBronze Qualifying18th - 19th DecThe Coast WalkFri 1st DecWed 6th Dec
silverSilver Qualifying18th - 20th DecSomersby to PatongaFri 1st DecWed 6th Dec
goldGold Qualifying18th - 22nd DecKosciuszkoFri 1st DecWed 6th Dec

Duke Of Ed FAQs

What is the brief night and who needs to attend?

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.

What if I can’t make the advertised brief?

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.

How many expeditions do I need to complete?

At each level of the Award you need to complete both a Practice hike and a Qualifying hike.

What if I don’t know anyone else on my 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.

Is there supervision on the hike?

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.

Can I use your practice trip as my qualifying expedition or your qualifying trip for my practice?

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.

What if I am doing direct entry into Silver or Gold

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.

How do I get signed off once I have finished my hike?

You need to download your activity summary from the online record book and email this, along with a comprehensive journey report, to donna.kane@aue.salvationarmy.org 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.

Expedition Pricing

2017 Expedition Pricing

Expedition Cost

 BronzeSilverGoldGold Kosciuszko
Practice or Qualifying$170$255$345$730

Hire Prices

Backpack$25$30$35$35
Trangia (cooking stove) includes fuel$20$25$30$30
Tent (2 person)$25$30$35$35

Purchase Prices

Sleeping Mat$15$15$15$15
Compass$35$35$35$35
Whistle$4$4$4$4

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

 

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Do you have a question or enquiry?

Phone (02) 9982 9800 or equire online