Starting the Bronze Award
Information for all sections
Participants must complete requirements in four sections: Skill, Physical Recreation, Service, and Expedition. It is important students maintain written verification of their activity as they progress through each section with their Personal Action Plan.
Adventurous Journey section
This section focuses on a student’s development as an individual and how they work as part of a group, not just meeting the physical demands of the venture. Students need to complete training to learn about being prepared for the outdoors (during PE classes), a Practice Tramp (during Term 1) and a Qualifying Tramp (during one of the last weeks of the Year 10 school year). The Bronze Tramps are each two days and one night, with 6 hours of activity each day, including about 4 hours of tramping each day to cover a total of 20-25km. Extra activity time may include setting up tents/cooking / nature study etc. The Qualifying Tramp at the end of the year is planned for students who have attended the training and the Practice Tramp as well as having made a good start in the other three sections.
Skill, Physical Recreation and Service sections
Requirements: at least one hour per week over a minimum of 3 months for two sections, and at least one hour per week over a minimum of 6 months for one section. This really means at least 15 weekly sessions of at least one hour duration.
It is important that participation for these sections consists of regular sessions for a minimum number of sessions - about one hour every week. Note that these monthly time frames do not include weeks you did not carry out your weekly commitments: e.g. babysitting Feb 1 – April 30 would not count for 3 months if the Easter holiday was in April and you were not required over that holiday time. You would have to show on your Personal Planner that you continued until you had completed at least 15 weeks of regular participation.
Many students are already involved in activities which meet the requirements for the Skills (e.g. learning an instrument, speech) and Physical Recreation sections (e.g. playing in a sports team, dance). The Service section involves voluntarily assisting in the community i.e. helping at a child care centre, toy library, a neighbour, a church etc. Helping your own family can not be counted as service.
Each of these activities requires a supervisor (teacher, coach, leader or manager). The supervisor should not be a parent of the student. The supervisor should have sufficient qualifications and/or experience to make a judgement about the participant’s reliability, engagement, improvement and skill development during the time involved. For the activity to count towards the Award, the Personal Action Plan time-sheet should be filled in each session by the student and signed by the supervisor. When the total time requirement is met the supervisor should (a) be able to write a full comment in your log(about your reliability, engagement, improvement and skills learnt over the total time of participation) and (b) sign and date your log.
The website www.dofehillary.org.nz lists the vast range of activities which are suitable for these three sections.
Completing the Award
Once you have finished a section or your overall award you can submit it to your award Leader for assessment. Your badge and certificate will then be ordered and you can register for your silver award if you would like to.
Once the Award Leader has signed off your Award, your badge and certificate will be presented in assembly.