All Adventurous Journey requirements must be considered with reference to any applicable State or Territory Government requirements, adventure activity standards or industry guidelines.
For this Section, Participants must:
- have a clearly defined purpose for each journey.
- undertake preparation and training that is relevant to their planned journey and skill level. Note: Sufficient preparation and training is required at each level of The Duke of Ed to ensure that all journeys are safe.
- ensure they discuss and get approval from their Award Leader prior to undertaking an Adventurous Journey. This includes all practice journeys and all qualifying journeys.
- obtain written parental or guardian consent prior to departing on each journey (if under the age of 18).
- be supervised and assessed by suitably skilled, experienced and/or qualified Volunteer(s).
- ensure there are a minimum of four (4) people in each Adventurous Journey group (with a maximum of seven (7)). Groups larger than 7 should be split into smaller sub-groups.
- endeavour to undertake their Adventurous Journey(s) with a peer group who will make decisions together.
- ensure both the practice and qualifying journeys are of a similar nature and duration, and in a similar environment (but not over the same route). These journeys must be using the same mode of travel (for example, canoeing or walking).
- undertake sufficient practice journeys to ensure that the qualifying journey is safe. At least one practice journey is required at each level of The Duke of Ed.
- only use simple, self-catering accommodation (for example, shelters, tents or hostels).
- ensure the qualifying Adventurous Journey meets the minimum time requirements for the chosen level of The Duke of Ed.
- upon completion of the practice and qualifying journeys, submit or present a journey report to their Assessor.
- undertake activities substantially in their own time. This means that although some activity can take place in school, university or work hours, most of it should occur outside these times.
Adventurous Journey training
The safety of young people is a priority. It is worth emphasising that an Adventurous Journey, by its nature, contains an element of risk. It is important that this risk is properly identified, assessed and managed, to reduce the likelihood of an accident or emergency, and decrease the consequences if an accident or emergency does occur.
The key to this is the proper preparation and training of the Participants so that they can safely undertake their practice journey and their independent qualifying journey.
The following competencies will require sign off or training prior to the practice journey:
- understanding of the Adventurous Journey
- first aid and emergency procedures (relevant to the type of journey or environment)
- safety and safe practice (relevant to the type of journey or environment)
- route planning and navigation (use of maps or street directories)
- campcraft and accommodation
- team building and leadership training
- preparation of food and cooking
- environmental awareness and care
- necessary equipment and how to use it
- technical skills in the mode of travel
- observation and recording skills
Duke of Ed Victoria advises that all groups should follow the planning and preparation guidelines below:
- DEECD Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors
- Outdoors Victoria Adventure Activity Standards
- CFA, The Department of Sustainability & Environment and the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667)
Adventurous Journey supervision
The nature and level of supervision will be determined by the Supervisor and approved by the Award Unit, considering a range of factors such as the competence of the party, age, physical ability, mode of travel, and remoteness of location.
In most cases, the supervision should take place at a distance. The Supervisor should, as a minimum, make personal contact, such as meeting up or speaking via phone with the group, at least once each day. If it is considered essential that an adult accompany the group, he or she must not interfere with the group’s decisions or purpose (unless safety is a concern), because this would detract from the essential independence, responsibility and challenge of this Section.
- is appointed by the Award Unit and is responsible for the group’s safety on the journey.
- needs to be familiar with the Adventurous Journey Section and must be highly competent in the activity or mode of the journey.
- must, even if they have assisted with the training or undertaken the training for the journey, still check and be satisfied that the Participants are properly trained and equipped to undertake the planned and approved journey.
- can also be the Assessor.
- must provide feedback on the team’s strengths, and the weaknesses that need to be addressed, during and after the Practice Journey(s).
Please note that the Supervisor can be a different person for each journey, and that there can also be more than one Supervisor for each journey.