International Schools Group (ISG)

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme

 

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International Award Activities

Adventurous Journey
* Oman 2017 Bronze, Silver, Gold Qualifier Trip - details here

All ventures involve self-reliant journeying in the countryside or on water, conceived with a purpose and undertaken without motorised assistance. The venture must present you with a challenge in terms of purpose, planning and achievement with minimum external intervention. It is more in keeping with the principles of this Section to choose an environment and form of travel where you can venture with relatively remote supervision rather than undertake a journey which, for safety reasons, requires more direct supervision.

 


OMAN EXPEDITION, FEBRUARY 2011

The venture involves; 1) enterprise and imagination in concept, 2) forethought, careful attention to detail and organisational ability in preparation, 3) preparatory training, both theoretical and practical, 4) leading to the ability to journey safely in the chosen environment, 5) shared responsibility for the venture, 6) leadership from within the group, self-reliance an co-operation amongst those taking part, 7) determination in implementation, and 8) a review of the venture in relation to its purpose.

You may choose from the following types of venture; 10 expeditions which have journeying as their principal component, 2) explorations which involve less journeying and a greater proportion of time spent on first-hand investigations or other specified activities, 3) At Gold Level there is an option Residence option.

This section should provide opportunities to:

  • Plan and execute a task
  • Demonstrate enterprise and imagination
  • Work as a member of a team
  • Respond to a challenge
  • Develop self-reliance
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Recognise the needs and strengths of others
  • Make decisions and accept the consequences
  • Reflect on personal performance
  • Enjoy and appreciate the countryside

Requirements for this Section:

  • All qualifying ventures should have a clearly defined purpose
  • On completion, you should review the venture and given an account or presentation related to this purpose
  • Ventures involve joint planning and preparation by all members of the group
  • Groups consist of between four and seven young people
  • Accommodation is by camping and all equipment must be suitable for the activity and environment in which the venture is to take place
  • You must be trained in the skills necessary to undertake the planned venture
  • You must undertake sufficient practice journeys to ensure that you are able to journey safely and independently in the chosen environment
  • All ventures muster be supervised and qualifying ventures be assessed by suitably experienced people

Bronze - 2 days, 1 night; minimum of 6 hours per day planned activities, 24 km. For cycling/horse riding/canoeing/rowing expeditions at least 4 hours journeying each day. For sailing 12 hours planned over 2 days. Explorations at least 5 hours journeying over the 2 days.

Silver - 3 days, 2 nights; minimum of 7 hours per day planned activities, 48 km. For cycling/horse riding/canoeing/rowing expeditions at least 5 hours journeying each day. For sailing 21 hours planned over 3 days. Explorations at least 10 hours journeying over the 3 days.

Gold - 4 days, 3 nights; minimum of 8 hours per day planned activities, 80 km. For cycling/horse riding/canoeing/rowing expeditions at least 6 hours journeying each day. For sailing 32 hours planned over 4 days. Explorations at least 10 hours journeying over the 4 days.