Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Continue your Award challenge

Outward Bound Australia is proud to deliver the Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award to all young people 15-24 years in the ACT, NSW and VIC. This might be a continuation of your Bronze Award, or it might be the beginning of your journey, where nature will inspire you on your Adventurous Journeys and you will inspire others during your Voluntary Service.

Are you ready to take the next step into your future?

The Silver Award is the second level of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. You may have already been involved at Bronze level and perhaps you will also go on to do your Gold level.

You can continue with activities you are already taking part in, such as sports or volunteering, and count these towards achieving your Award, or your Award could be an opportunity to try something new and develop a passion for something different.

It will be a challenge though. You need to complete your required hours every week. It takes commitment. If it was easy, everyone would do it. That’s the whole point. It’s a challenge. Are you up to it?

As an Award Participant you will have the chance to:
  • Design your own Award program
  • Set your own goals and record your progress
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of others through Voluntary
    Service
  • Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
  • Take up the challenge of an Adventurous Journey
  • Connect with other Award Participants at home and abroad

The Silver Award is the second stage in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and you can then continue your Award by undertaking Gold. To find out more, read the full Award Guide for Silver Participants.

Personal Achievement
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is not a competition. It is about you becoming the best version of yourself. You will need to set personally challenging goals and strive to reach them. This will improve your self confidence and propel you onto more challenging aspects in the Award and your life.
Spirit of Adventure
The Duke of Ed Program will help you discover your sense of adventure and give you the skills to pursue it. The Award could take you to another part of your state, interstate or to another country but it will certainly give you the belief and the skills that this is all possible.
Service to Others
It's hard to explain how good you feel doing things for other people until you do it. Some participants find Voluntary Service is the hardest part of the award to fulfil, but infinitely more satisfying. Serving your community will fill you with a sense of satisfaction that no other part of the Duke of Ed Award will give.
The Award Structure - You need to choose an activity in each of these four Sections.
Voluntary Service
Be a responsible, caring member of the community. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 months Voluntary Service, at an average of one hour a week, PLUS an extra 3 months in either Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation or Skills if you did not previously complete the Bronze Award.
Voluntary Service
Be a responsible, caring member of the community. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 months Voluntary Service, at an average of one hour a week, PLUS an extra 3 months in either Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation or Skills if you did not previously complete the Bronze Award.
Physical Recreation
Improve your health, fitness and performance. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 months Physical Recreation, at an average of one hour a week, PLUS an extra 3 months in either Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation or Skills if you did not previously complete the Bronze Award.
Physical Recreation
Improve your health, fitness and performance. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 months Physical Recreation, at an average of one hour a week, PLUS an extra 3 months in either Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation or Skills if you did not previously complete the Bronze Award.
Adventurous Journey
Challenge yourself to journey and explore the world around you. You will need to complete appropriate and relevant Preparation & Training before then undertaking two Adventurous Journeys, both with duration of 3-days / 2-nights.
Adventurous Journey
Challenge yourself to journey and explore the world around you. You will need to complete appropriate and relevant Preparation & Training before then undertaking two Adventurous Journeys, both with duration of 3-days / 2-nights.
Skills
Learn a new skill and expand your capabilities. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 months learning a new skill at an average of one hour a week, PLUS an extra 3 months in either Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation or Skills if you did not previously complete the Bronze Award.
Skills
Learn a new skill and expand your capabilities. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 months learning a new skill at an average of one hour a week, PLUS an extra 3 months in either Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation or Skills if you did not previously complete the Bronze Award.
Suggested Activities for your Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Voluntary Service
  • Environmental service: tree planting, Bushcare, Landcare, Streamwatch
  • Supporting people in the community: elderly, disabled or those in need.
  • Youth work: help those less fortunate than yourself
  • Community education and health education
  • Charity work: fundraise for a cause you admire
  • Supporting a local emergency service: RFS, St John’s Ambulance
  • Patrols at your SLSC
Physical Recreation activities
  • Athletics
  • Baseball and softball
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Fitness activities
  • Football: Aussie Rules, League, Rugby, Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Martial arts
  • Mountain biking
  • Netball
  • Snow skiing and snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming and water polo
  • Tennis and squash
Skills activities
  • Animals: learn how to care for your pet
  • Arts and crafts: painting and drawing
  • Cooking
  • Games: learn to program games
  • Life, technical and vocational skills: start your journey to becoming an Outdoor Leader with Outward Bound!
  • Media and communications: learn to build websites
  • Music
  • Navigation: learn to read a map and compass
  • Performance Skills: dance, stand-up poetry
  • Sports-related: learn to coach or referee your favourite sport
Adventurous Journey
  • Hike, paddle or ride your way through the natural world.
  • Challenge yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Explore the coastline, river valleys or mountains studying plants, birds, insects or other animals
  • Explore historic land use: ancient Indigenous Australians and early colonial Australians
  • Exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution monitoring, surveys of numbers of walkers in remote areas
  • It’s the only team-specific component of the Duke of Ed Award, have some fun with it!
Are you ready to take the next step into your future?
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