Adventurous Journey Section

Aim: To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group

This section of the Award enables participants (in groups 4-7) to undertake a fun and memorable journey with a specific purpose in unfamiliar territory. After the basic adventurous journey training is completed, at least one practice journey is required in order to prepare participants for their qualifying journey. Teamwork, organisation, physical effort and determination are required in order for the group to be able to select a route, navigate, camp and accomplish the task. In doing so, the participants need to make real decisions and accept real consequences and that is where a lot of learning takes place. Each participants is required to collect information on their chosen topic during the expedition and to report on that as well as on their journey. there are three options within this section:
  • Expedition, where the emphasis is on journeying, whilst at the same time working on a purpose (theme/project)
  • Explorations, where emphasis is on working on a project/theme (observing, researching, gathering relevant information), with less journeying involved
  • Other Adventurous Journeys, for participants who are over 18


For the Bronze Level you are required to plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Adventurous Journey. For the Silver Level you are required to plan, train for and do a 3 day (2 night) Adventurous Journey. Finally, for the Gold Level you are required to plan, train for and do a 4 day (3 night) Adventurous Journey.

Adventurous Journey Dates

Once students have decided to pursue the Bronze, Silver or Gold Level of the Award they can choose the dates of their adventurous journeys from a list of available dates, on a first-come first-served basis. Their choice of dates is binding and no second opportunities will be given to participants if they fail to take up their chosen dates.

Adventurous Journey Policy

The school requires that students provide a medical certificate before their first outing as well as a parental consent form before their Adventurous Journeys.

Students going on Adventurous Journeys scheduled to start at the end of a school day are expected to attend their lessons until the end of the school day. Students with unjustified absences on that day may not be allowed to participate on the Adventurous Journey.

In the case of a participant dropping out of an ongoing Adventurous Journey for any reason, then the supervisor in charge of the activity needs to be informed as soon as possible. The student who dropped out, still has to follow he instructions of the supervisor, since he/she is still part of an official school trip. This includes the timing and the means of the student's transportation home.

If any participant brings the School to disrepute through their behaviour whilst undertaking DofE Adventurous Journeys or other activities, then they will face the School's disciplinary decisions. In addition, they will be liable for any financial costs that arise as a result of their actions.

During Adventurous Journeys, participants are under the direct responsibility of the Adventurous Journey Supervisors and they need to follow their instructions.

Adventurous Journey Safety

The Adventurous Journey Section of the DofE requires participants to undertake unaccompanied travel in unknown and remote wilderness areas in order to develop their self-reliance and spirit of the adventure. On many occasions, participants spend more than 4-5 hours on their own and they also camp out overnight without direct adult supervision. In the case of the Gold Award, the supervisors and/or assessors might only meet the participants directly briefly, 1-2 times every 24 hours.

However, this raises the issue of safety during Adventurous Journeys. It is an issue that the school takes very seriously. The DofE approach focuses on prevention of incidents through good practice, rather than having to deal with emergencies. This is why we take time to train all the participants in first aid and emergency procedures before they undertake any Adventurous Journey activities. But invariably, accidents might occasionally happen and incidents of snake-bite, heat exhaustion, hypothermia and shock might be encountered.

Participants are allowed to have a mobile phone with them which must be sealed and only used in an emergency. At the Gold Level, participants might also be able to have a GPS Unit with them, which will also be sealed and only used in an emergency. However, in some remote areas there is no network coverage and participants will have to rely on the established emergency procedures and first aid. They might not be able to contact the safety vehicle which we provide in the area of the Adventurous Journey and they might have to rely on their own resources within the group.

Therefore, students and parents need to be aware of the inherent dangers in the scheme during participation in DofE activities. When students choose to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Scheme, they are at the same time choosing to expose themselves to the inherent risks of the programme.
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