Duke of Edinburgh´s Hillary Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Programme is strongly supported by students at Orewa College with many students involved, under the guidance of Miss Hay.


Duke of Edinburgh is a voluntary, non competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge.  It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part, and across the generations with adults who give up time to share skills and help organise the programme.

The Programme and Benefits

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can take up the programme, regardless of gender, background or ability. All Awards must be completed by the participant's 25th Birthday. You must fill out a registration form and receive a record book before you can count any activities towards The Challenge.


The Benefits:

Friendship                                                Achievement                                                    

Enjoyment                                                Confidence

New skills                                                 Teamwork

Improved abilities                                     Decision making

Excitement                                               Time management

Wider horizons                                         Local, national and international connections

How Does It Work?

Through a four section programme with three levels
The levels are:
• Bronze - open to all aged 14 and over and lasting at least 6 months
• Silver - open to all aged 15 and over and lasting at least 12 months
• Gold - open to all aged 16 and over and lasting at least 18 months


The sections are:
• Service - giving help in the local community
• Skills - covering almost any non physical hobby, skill or interest
• Expeditions - training for, practising, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle
• Physical Recreation - sport, dance and fitness
• Residential Project - for the Gold level only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions

How Is The Programme Organised In New Zealand?

There are approximately 700 organisations licensed to operate The Challenge. They are schools, voluntary youth organisations, and other community and welfare groups.


The Challenge can be run anywhere that young people get together, by anyone with an interest in developing young people or looking for a means to stretch and challenge them.


The Challenge in New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation. It is also a franchise operation, licensing other organisations to run the programme. Funding comes from local and national grants bodies, businesses and young people who buy a Record Book to join The Challenge.

How Do I Find Out More?

Email Miss Kelton at Orewa College.