Can a family member be an Assessor?
Family members cannot act as the Assessor for any section of the Award – except under the following circumstances on an Adventurous Journey:
1. If your family member is helping to assess an Adventurous Journey group, there must be another assessor present who is not a family member so that a balanced view of the group’s performance can be determined. An Adventurous Journey group passes or fails as a group; there are no circumstances whereby some members will fail and others pass unless a participant had to leave the group and return home (usually because of sickness).
2. An Adventurous Journey cannot be run as a family group. Parents may not supervise or assess any journey if the group consists only of their family members. This is to ensure that all decisions around performance are made without bias, i.e. not being too hard or too lenient on the participant.
Can I do the Award before the stated ages?
National Office are piloting a trial in 2018 where you can start your Bronze Award in the school year that you turn 14 (so that you can work through your Award journey with your peers). This means that you will be able to start Silver once you have completed your Bronze Award, but you must wait until you are 16 to start your Gold Award. If you are a direct entrant to Silver (i.e. you haven't done Bronze), you can start at the age of 14 years and 9 months.
How do I access the Online Record Book?
Simply visit https://onlinerecordbook.org by copying and pasting the link into your browser. Then either log in (if you already have an account) or click the 'Register' button to create a new account
Do I have to record my activities online?
Yes. All participants are expected to use the Online Record Book, except if the participant is in prison, where internet access is very strictly controlled. What happens if I need to take a break from one of my activities?
The Online Record Book will calculate how long the gap is, and automatically adjust your completion date for that section as soon as you start the activity again.
Do activities with Army Cadets or Girl Guiding or Scouts count if I've registered for the Award through Auckland Challenge?
Yes. Your activities do not have to be provided by, or linked to, your Award Unit, but you do need to discuss your choices with your Award Leader before you start.
Can I do the Award if I have a disability or medical condition?
Absolutely! Your activities are done to the best of your ability, rather than a set of bench-marked standards so in most cases you will be able to do your Award if you have a disability or a medical condition Can I do the Award if I don't have an Award Unit nearby?
Yes, you can enrol at, and be mentored by, an Open Award Centre if you are not able to access an Award Unit locally.
Can I work for a for-profit organisation for my Service?
Only if that organisation is donating the money earned by the participant to a charitable cause, e.g. the participant washes cars as a fundraiser every Saturday for the local Ford dealership, who then donate the money earned to the local hospice.
Can I do more than one activity for each Section?
Yes - but how many depends on the section. For the Service section, you can undertake up to three different Service activities if they're organised by you as an individual, or an unlimited amount of activities if these are organised under the umbrella of a service group run by your school or uniformed organisation. For other Sections, you need to negotiate any additional activities with your Award Leader
What if I play a seasonal sport that ends before I've finished my Physical Recreation section?
You can use a different sport in the off-season to make up the time requirements if you need to.
How long does the Skills section take?
At Bronze level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 3 months/13 weeks (note that Bronze participants are required to do an additional three months in one of the following activities: Skills, Service, Physical Recreation. If a participant chooses the Skills section to do their extra 3 months in, the time requirement for Skills would become 6 months/26 weeks).
At Silver level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 6 months/26 weeks.
At Gold level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 12 months/52 weeks.
For direct entrants (i.e. new participants with no previous Award) to Silver or Gold levels, participants need to add 6 months to one section of their choice (i.e. Skills or Service or Physical Recreation)
What criteria do I have to meet for my Residential Project?
If you're heading overseas for your Residential Project, you'll need to get prior approval from National Office before you leave New Zealand. The exception to this would be trips with Antipodeans Abroad, World Challenge and Youth to Everest which are all pre-approved.
In order to be approved for an overseas Residential Journey, you are expected to:
• Spend five days and four nights away from home;
• Spend time with people you don’t already know; and
• Engage in eight hours of purposeful activity in an unfamiliar setting with these new people. If, however, you are travelling with a school group, club or sports team, and therefore know some of the others in the group, consideration would be given to you if you:
- Stay in individually-billeted accommodation (although this may not be possible in some village settings)
- Are separated into working groups with people you do not know (as a general guide, a ratio of one person that you know for every nine that they do not)
Examples (these also apply to domestic Residential Projects)
Example 1: A school group flies to a Pacific Island to work on rebuilding a community house. There are 10 participants from the school who, although they do see each other at school, are not part of the same peer group. They are separated into smaller groups to work with local residents, they sleep as a group in the village church, and eat with the villagers.
This is very likely to be approved.
Example 2: A representative netball team is going to Melbourne for an under-18 tournament. The team, who has played together in age-grade tournaments for several years, will travel together, stay in a hotel together, practice and socialise together. They play against another team each day.
This is unlikely to be approved.
Example 3: A cultural exchange group goes to Japan for seven days. Each member of the group, regardless of whether they are Award participants or not, will stay with a host family for the duration of the trip (apart from the first and last nights when they stay in a hotel). During the day, the Kiwi students and their Japanese counterparts will visit cultural sites and also attend a Japanese school.
This is very likely to be approved. However, if the individuals in the group were not being billeted, the daytime activities might not be sufficient on their own to meet the Residential Project criteria.
What does it cost?
Do I have to do my Adventurous Journey with Auckland Challenge?
No. You can complete your Adventurous Journey with any Outdoor Provider that is qualified to run Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Please contact your coordinator, Kathryn, if you choose to use another provider because your reports are approved by Auckland Challenge as your Award Unit. What is Auckland Challenge's bank account number?
ASB 12-3049-041-4478-01 Please reference your surname and either your adventurous journey project number or ORB if you are enrolling
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