Sat, 26 Sep | 100 Heyders Road

Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award - Gold Adventurous Journey Training

Adventurous Journeys Journey training - Specific course information will be sent out once registration is complete.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

26 Sep 2020, 10:00 am – 27 Sep 2020, 4:00 pm
100 Heyders Road, 100 Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand

About The Event

  • Participants complete Silver Qualifying Journey before attending Gold Training. 
  • Minimum of 4 maximum of 7 participants required
  • Arrive at Spenser Park Holday Camp Office 10 - 5pm Saturday 26 Sept, 9 - 4pm Sunday 
  • Bring ramping gear and food for each day.
  • Training provided in the topics required for GOLD Expedition practice and qualifying Journeys
  • Practice and Qualifying Journey dates to be agreed on or just after Training week-end


Course Title: GOLD AJ - TRAINING

Duration:  2 days

Student Numbers: Groups of between 4 - 7 students. We need minimum numbers of 4.

Cost:  TOTAL $176 per person inclusive of GST.

Costs include: High quality facilitation, administration, course materials, specialist equipment, supervision

NOT included: 



Cost incurred in sending someone home

Loss or damage of equipment or facilities.

Payment: Buy a ticket on the Enrolment page

We are unable to refund last minute cancellations.

Transportation: Transport is not provided. Travel arrangements should be made between participants, carpooling where possible.

Withdrawal: If a student withdraws from the course within 14 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. The school will be invoiced to recover any costs incurred.

Food: Food is planned by the participants, preferably in pairs - an evening meal, breakfast & two lunches.

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

Clothing & Equipment:  A ‘Gear List’ of required clothing and equipment can be provided if required – please ask

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 emergency details.

Outcomes: This course provides students with the opportunity to train for the GOLD 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 Practice Journey

• experience fun and exciting activities gaining skills in the outdoors and a 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: Supervision is provided by the Boyle Staff. 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, 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.

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 some activities. 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)


Each participant must have completed a Qualifying Silver Adventurous Journey before doing the GOLD Training.

Students are expected to plan the route for their Journey with guidance from the Boyle. Suggestions will be sent to participants depending on the time of year, expected hazards etc



Gear List:

Items marked* can be provided by the Boyle.

Wet weather gear

Boots or sturdy trainers

Warm layers

Sun Hat & sunscreen

Day Pack


Cooker & Fuel*

First Aid Kit

Food for the day


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Operated by the North Canterbury Alpine Trust; registered with the Charities Commission (CC 29732) and with WorkSafe NZ as an Adventure Activities Operator (AAO 395).


Private Bag 55002

Orchard Road

Christchurch, 8154

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