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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Australia is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.​ At St Aloysius’ College the Award is offered as a three level Program:

Level 1: Bronze is completed in Year 9 - a 6 month program. (Age 14 years)

Level 2: Silver is completed in Year 10 - a 6 month program. (Age 15 years)

Level 3: Gold is completed in Year 11 - a 12 month program. (Age 16 years)

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How is an Award Achieved?

To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. All Participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, Supervisors, and mentors. The key elements of our program are:

  • Boys can start the Bronze Award at 14 years of age.
  • Boys will progress through the Three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging. You can read about the framework here.

Four Sections: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey plus Residential Project (Gold Level only).

Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

Time requirements:

  • Bronze – minimum 6 months
  • Silver – minimum 6 months if completed Bronze otherwise 12 months for direct entrants
  • Gold – minimum 12 months if completed Silver

What impact does the Award have on a young person?

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, our Participants:

  • Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best;
  • Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices;
  • Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community;
  • Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement;
  • Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success;
  • Learn important life skills; and
  • Increase their career opportunities.

Planned dates for AJs

Expedition April July October
Bronze Practice 23-24    
Bronze Qualifier     7-9
Bronze Practice 23-25    
Silver Qualifier     7-9
Gold Practice   Open Award Open Award
Gold Practice Open Award Open Award Open Award

Venues for walks to be published in 2019.

Bronze Adventure Journey: Bushwalking (Pack)

Silver Adventure Journey: Pack and Pedal (Mountain Biking)

Gold Adventure Journey: Pack and Paddle (Canoeing)

Year 8-11 Information Evening

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Open Award Providers

The NSW State Award Authority has a group of registered outdoor education companies that provide Adventure Journeys for participants who can not make the SAC Adventure Journey Dates. The College has used all of these providers. The boys enrol into these events directly. The only proviso is that the Practice and Qualifying Adventure Journey must use the same mode of transport for both the Practice and Qualifying Adventure Journey. For example, the common modes of transport are hiking, canoeing or bike riding.

  • Camp Somerset
  • Collaroy Centre​
  • Southbound​ Adventures
  • Outward Bound Australia​
  • The Outdoor Education Group​

Residential Project Websites:

  • Cru Camps
  • Young Endeavour Program
  • Edmund Rice Camps​
  • Camp Kedron ​

Service Provider Websites:

  • Be Connected Young Mentors​

Open Award Provider for boys who have finished their education at St Aloysius’ College but need an Award Unit and Leader to support them in completing their Award: ​

  • Youth Advance

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