Silver Adventurous Journeys
Challenge your navigation and leadership skills and develop self-confidence on your Silver Adventurous Journeys.
Duke of Ed Silver
Challenge yourself with a commitment to a life-changing journey. Silver Adventurous Journeys span three days and two nights, where you will meet your sense of adventure as you embark on a team expedition through some of Australia’s most striking national parks, forest and seaside areas.
Achieving the Silver Award is the second stage of involvement in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Our qualified Supervisors will help to advance your skills such as navigation, teamwork, camp setup, and cooking outdoors. Just like your Bronze Award journeys, you will undertake both a Practice and Qualifying journey.
Build Your Skill-Set
Building upon the skills established on the Bronze Adventurous Journey, you will advance your leadership and communication capabilities.
Outward Bound provides the chance for you to practice your navigation, teamwork, and decision-making skills whilst under Supervision.
As you adventure through Australia’s vast natural wonderland you will further develop your self-confidence. The challenging nature of your Silver Adventurous Journey will see you build on your individual strengths, courage and determination.
For a journey packed with personal development opportunities, adventure and the opportunity to make life-long connections, check out the locations on offer for the Duke of Ed Silver Award Adventurous Journeys. Register your interest today.
Contact our team on 1800 267 999 to learn more or ask any questions about the program in your state or territory.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
- Namadgi National ParK
New South Wales
- Blue Mountains National Park
- Great North Walk
- Royal National Park
- Bibbulmun Track
Hike your Silver Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey with Outward Bound Australia to achieve your goals! All dates are suitable for Practice or Qualifying participants. They are not exclusive.
The registration fee for your Silver Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey – starting at $330 – includes:
- Fully supervised hike
- Access to maps
- Group emergency communications
- Camping fees and
- National Park fees.
You will be required to bring all the gear you require for the entire journey. The registration fee does not include:
- Sleeping bag and mat
- Stove and food
- Other personal items.
At Outward Bound we take safety seriously
A safe but challenging environment awaits our participants. We believe that taking a controlled level of risk in the outdoor learning environment will facilitate personal growth and learning.
Our policies and procedures provide the safe running and management of programs in line with the Australian Adventure Activity standards.
Risk management plans include hiring procedures, written field operational standards and guidelines, operational training, program structure, reflection and evaluation.
Learn more about our Safety Policy.
We recommend drinking approximately 3 litres of water per day plus 1 litre to cook with at night.
1 litre of water weighs 1kg. Please keep this in mind when packing. After the first day you should adjust this up or down depending on your water needs.
We anticipate creek or tank water being available, depending on your location, but this is never certain. Creek and tank water should be treated before drinking; see your briefing notes for more details.
Creek crossings may occur and you may get wet feet. Where we anticipate high water on any hike we will keep you informed leading up to your journey and your Supervisor will make decisions on creek crossings in the field.
Toilets are usually available at our campsites. Where toilets are not available, human waste must be buried and you will need to bring a trowel for this purpose.
Mobile Phone Reception
There is usually mobile phone reception at different stages of the journeys. Available coverage is different across the providers. If your parents are collecting you at the end of your journey, please ask them to be punctual. You will be able to contact them if we are going to arrive a long way ahead or behind schedule.
Supervisors are qualified in Outdoor Recreation/Leadership, First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.
What happens if I need to depart my journey early?
If you need to leave your journey for an unforeseen reason, such as injury, we will arrange with your emergency contact to come and get you from an accessible location. You will need to inform your Award Leader that you have left your Adventurous Journey, and you will need to arrange to re-attempt your journey at another time.
We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone (1800 267 999). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Where can I obtain the items on the packing list?
Outdoor pursuits stores will have the majority of the items listed in the kit list. If you ask your family and friends, you may find that people you know already have these items that you can borrow. Outward Bound Australia have also partnered with CampList, which offers a hire/purchase service.
Where am I sleeping?
You will sleep in national park campsites. It is a Duke of Ed requirement that you carry your own gear. You will be sleeping in the tent or shelter you provide.
What food shall I bring?
Our Adventurous Journeys are hiking expeditions and require more fat and sugar than a normal diet.
Avoid heavy items such as canned food, glass bottles, and jars as they break. No nuts please.
Do bring: Light weight, highly nutritious and tasty food covering all meals, including snacks for your whole adventurous journey.
Check out the Food Safety Information Council for advice on appropriate foods. Scroll down to the section titled “Camping and bushwalking”.
Can I bring technology on program?
An Outward Bound program is your opportunity to ‘disconnect to reconnect’. However we do not take your phone from your for a Duke of Ed program. You can use your phone to take photos (for your report) and we can not prevent you from looking at your phone in your tent at night. You will not be permitted to listen to music or talk on your phone during the journey.
Do I have to wear hiking boots?
We recommend hiking boots for all our programs. If you are unable to source these, you will need to find a suitable pair of lace-up, fully enclosed footwear, that has a rigid sole and provides ankle stability.
Do I have to bring the wet weather clothing?
We use the rain jacket and waterproof overpants as a heat-trapping layer in the evenings, just as much as a waterproof cover in the case of rain. For the majority of situations, we continue with the journey when it is raining, and so very strongly encourage participants to provide these items
Do I have to bring the thermals?
For journeys running May – September, yes you do need to bring the thermal top and bottom to program. For programs running at other times, you can choose if you want to bring these or not. Overall, we recommend bringing thermals for any time of year, as they can act as a lightweight jumper in the evenings, or as a pair of pyjamas (which are not a part of our packing list).
How fit do I need to be?
Your Outward Bound Duke of Ed Journey is an expedition in the natural environment. You need to feel confident enough to manage carrying an approx. 15kg hiking backpack, and walking on uneven ground for 10-20km every day of your journey in a variety of weather conditions. The more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy it!
Do participants come with friends, or as individuals?
Most participants arrive on their own, and depart with a set of new friends.
What are the toilet facilities?
This is dependent on the campsites available along your journey. Some locations have access to regular public toilets. At other times you will be required to dig a small personal hole, and you will need to provide a hand trowel for this purpose.
We want as many people as possible to experience the advantage of a wilderness program in Australia. Through our charity arm, the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund, we can offer financial scholarship opportunities to those participants who would otherwise not be able to afford to come on a program.
To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.
Outward Bound provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their Adventurous Journey. We are also an Open Award Centre, so we can help you complete your entire Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award