About the Duke of Edinburgh Award
YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre offers adventurous journeys to Duke of Edinburgh award participants based out of our residential camp facility at the base of the Tararua Ranges.
We cater for school groups with customised camps and individual DOE participants during our “open journey” holiday programmes and weekends programmes
The mission of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme in New Zealand is to have young people, regardless of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic background, participating in an exciting, flexible and individually-tailored programme, to build skills, identity and self-esteem.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme is part of a worldwide network which provides young people with a balanced, non-competitive programme of individual challenge through which they can make constructive use of their leisure time.
The Award programme provides a framework for personal discovery and growth through Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys; developing perseverance, responsibility to self and to the community. Individuals or organisations can use this framework, with its three levels, to provide individual challenge and achievement for young people between the ages of 14 and 25.
The flexibility of content within the programme structure, and the national and international recognition that the Award attracts, make it an effective and challenging opportunity for young people with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Increasingly, employers and interviewers are recognising the Award as an indicator of responsibility and achievement.
For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh award itself click here