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Tue, 26 Apr


Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre

DofE Hillary Award - Adventurous Journey GOLD APRIL

Adventurous Journeys in the amazing Lewis Pass area or a suitable area of your choosing. Specific course information will be sent out once registration is complete.

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DofE Hillary Award - Adventurous Journey GOLD APRIL
DofE Hillary Award - Adventurous Journey GOLD APRIL

Time & Location

26 Apr 2022, 10:00 am NZST – 29 Apr 2022, 4:00 pm NZST

Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre, 16 Magdalen Valley Rd, SH7, Poplars Range 7392, New Zealand

About The Event


We are offering the opportunity for you to complete your Practice OR Qualifying Journey in the Summer holidays. 

Dates will be confirmed when we have enough people enrolled

Each participant must have completed GOLD Training before doing the GOLD Practice Journey. If you need to do your training we can add in a day's training before the journey starts.

Duration:  4 days (+ 1 day training if needed)

Student Numbers: Groups of between 4 - 7 students. We must have a minimum of 4 participants. If there are more than 7, we can run more groups at the same time.

Cost:  TOTAL $360 for the Journey + $90 for the Training (if needed) per person inclusive of GST. Pay separately for Training on the Training event on our website.

Buy a ticket on the Enrolment page of our website to confim your booking.

Costs include: 

High quality facilitation, assessment, administration, course planning materials, tramping equipment, supervision

NOT included: 

Transport is not provided to the Boyle. Travel arrangements should be made between participants, car-pooling where possible.


Cost incurred in sending someone home

Loss or damage of equipment or facilities.

Refunds & Withdrawal: We are unable to refund last minute cancellations. If a student withdraws from the course within 7 days of the start date or is sent home once it has commenced, the full cost is payable plus the cost of the journey home. Places cannot be cancelled within 14 days of the start of the course. You will be invoiced to recover any costs incurred. Cancelling one person may mean the rest of the group has to cancel if numbers go below 4 people.


We will provide a link to a Planning document so that all participants can be involved in the planning of their Journey.

Food: Food is planned by the participants, preferably in pairs - substantial evening meals, breakfast &  lunches.

Students are required to take ownership over the preparation of meals, the cleaning and washing up and other tasks associated with the meal-time. This is part of the training and assessment.

Clothing & Equipment:  A ‘Gear List’ of required clothing and equipment will be provided.

The Boyle has an extensive store of clothing and equipment, which can be borrowed by the students.

Emergency Contacts: The emergency contact person at the Boyle will be the Manager 03 315 7082 .

The participants must enroll via the online link above as soon as possible to provide their emergency details.

Outcomes: This course provides students with the opportunity to train for the DofE Adventurous Journey in a mountain environment. The expected outcomes are for the students to:

• develop communication skills, team-work and a feeling of self-worth

• develop self-confidence, initiative and self-reliance

• learn recreational outdoor skills in order to be prepared for the level of Journey they are doing

• experience fun and gain a sense of individual and group achievement


Instruction/Facilitation: This will be provided by qualified and experienced instructors who are employed by the Boyle once they have proven that they meet ‘the Boyle standard.’ Each January they participate in six days of in-house training and development. Police checks have been undertaken.

Supervision: Students will be supervised by instructional staff whilst on the Journey. This may be Remote Supervision for Qualifying Journeys. Students are required to follow the instructions given by all staff and are being assessed during this part of the programme for their commitment to the principles of the Award.

Code of conduct: Students are expected to abide by the standard school rules and regulations for the duration of the course. Alcohol and drugs, including cigarettes or vaping, are a safety risk and are definitely banned from the Boyle and its programmes.

Sleep is an important component of a safe course. A tired body or brain is potentially dangerous. All students will be expected to respect the needs of others and be quiet between 10pm and 7am.

Students have the opportunity as part of a group to establish a contract for group behaviour, deciding how they want to work together for the duration of the course.

For the safety of all, students must follow all instructions given by the Boyle Staff.

Risk Disclosure: Because the course is about adventure in the outdoors, there is some risk associated with the environment and activity. The risk provides for positive outcomes, but there is also the possibility that some harm could befall a student. Managing risk is crucial to the quality of the Boyle experience and Boyle Staff are experienced in this. Students are expected to take part in the process of risk management and be actively involved and responsible for the safety of themselves and others. The Boyle Staff will implement the Boyle Safety Operation Plans and Risk Management systems during the course.

The Boyle has OutdoorsMark safety accreditation. (See for further details)

Possible hazards include: hypothermia, injuries due to trips/falls, blisters, cold water immersion, lost students, sunstroke, burns from cookers etc

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