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Adventurous Journey

Go on an expedition and find yourself!
Develop self reliance by planning,
training and completing a journey of discovery.


The of opportunity to engage in adventurous activities is a new environment provides participants with the chance to learn more about their wider environment, as well as develop their self-confidence, teamwork and health. The aim is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group.

Examples of Adventurous Journey

(Explorations and Expeditions)

  • Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies
  • Exploring river valleys, plant studies 
  • Exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution  
  • Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas  
  • Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe or kayak  
  • Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river 
  • An extensive sail across an ocean
  • Climbing the Alpine, Himalayan or other mountainous peaks
  • Cycling from one end of a country to another
  • Visiting historic places

“When the mind is stretched by new experiences it can never return to its former dimension”

Dr. Kurt Hahn

Time Requirements

Award Days Nights Minimum hours of purposeful effort Minimum hours of Purposeful effort per day
Bronze 2 1 12 6
Silver 3 2 21 7
Gold 4 3 32 8

Impact and benefits

  • Working as part of a team
  • Enhancing leadership skills
  • Improving planning and organizational ability, and attention to detail
  • Learning to make real decision and accept real consequences
  • Obtaining a sense of achievement and satisfaction by overcoming challenges and obstacles
  • Developing self-reliance and independence
  • Exercising imagination and creativity by choosing their own journey
  • Improving their investigating, reviewing and presentational skills
  • Enjoyment

See where other young people have ventured to as part of their Award