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ACT OPEN - Bronze 18th of Dec 2020show details + $350.00 (AUD)  

  • ACT OPEN Qual - Bronze 18th of Dec 2020
    December 18, 2020 - December 19, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Please find important information below about your adventurous journey. Note that these programs are primarily designed for our ACT Participants, however if NSW based participants wish to register, they can do so following discussion with YouthAdvance. 

This event covers all Bronze Qualifying Hike Dates in the ACT region for 2020.

All participants who undertake the Award MUST also take part in comprehensive Preliminary Training as stipulated in the Award Handbook (further information below in regards to the Preliminary Training).


YouthAdvance pride ourselves on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys for all participants. Our qualified and highly experienced Program Coordinators and Guides will work with you through the required preparation and training prior to your first Adventurous Journey, then teach you skills like navigation and camp craft on your practice expedition, and finally assess your skills on your qualifying expedition.

Our staff do not lead from the front, they mentor and instruct from the back of the group to ensure that you and your group have the opportunity to work as a team and make sound judgements based on your training and our staff’s leadership. You’ll be required to take responsibility and make decisions for yourself while under supervision from experienced and qualified outdoor professionals.


YouthAdvance create physically and mentally challenging expeditions for our participants. Each day, participants will hike up to 8 km carrying their pack and all their equipment. Students are encouraged to start training to develop their fitness in preparation for these physical requirements, including weekly walks carrying their pack and wearing their hiking boots/shoes.

All of our programs satisfy the time requirements of the Adventurous Journey stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJ’s lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge on the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories as well as new friends and new experiences.


YouthAdvance’s partner company Remote Safety Solutions is a leading remote area risk and emergency management specialist. Safety is paramount for all of our Adventurous Journey’s.

Emergency communication and first aid equipment along with satellite tracking will be carried by each YouthAdvance staff member while on the program. .


  • Transport to and from the venue;
  • All camping and national Park/State Forest fees;
  • Instruction and supervision from our experienced and qualified Outdoor Educators;
  • Group communication devices i.e. InReach, EPIRBs and satellite phones;
  • Group remote area first aid kit;
  • Preliminary Training;
  • On trip pre and post briefing;
  • Participant maps, map cases and compasses (1 per participant);
  • Stove and pot set (1 set per 2 participants).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Location Pending

Due to the number of bushfires currently across NSW and around the ACT, our program venues will be determined in early 2020 once we have a better idea from the Parks and Forestry people regarding which parks and routes will be available for use and open to the public.

Details will be released here on the booking page as well as via CareMonkey correspondence to those already registered on the program.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at this stage.


The below program rundown may alter slightly once the program locations are finalised, however the rundown, particularly drop off and pick up times, will be confirmed prior to each program.

9.00 am – Participants arrive at Pickup Point 6.15 am – Participants wake
9.15 am – Bus departs Pickup Point for Program Location 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast
10.00 am – Bus arrives at Program Location 7.00 am – Participants break camp
10.00 am – Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)
10.30 am – Participants start planned route (P) 8.00 am – Participants start planned route (P)
1.00 pm – Lunch 1.00 pm – Lunch
1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P) 1.30 pm – Participants continue planned route (P)
5.00 pm – Participants arrive at camp 3.00 pm – Participants arrive at finish point
5.00 pm – Group debrief session (P) 3.00 pm – Group debrief session (P)
5.30 pm – Participants setup camp 3.30 pm – Bus departs program location
6.00 pm – Participants prepare dinner 4.30 pm – Participants arrive at Pickup Point
7.00 pm – Free Time
7.30 pm – Night session – Discussion on Risk Management around the fire (winter only)
8.30 pm – Participants in tents
(P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs (P) – Purposeful Activity 7.0 Hrs

Please meet at the PickUp Point – This location is to be determined based on the program location, however is likely to be on the northern side of Canberra.

DROP OFF: 9am, Day 1, at PickUp Point.

PICK UP: 4.30pm, Day 2, at PickUp Point.

If you are going to be late, please let us know on +61 487 003 440 so we don’t depart without you. Please ensure you monitor traffic conditions and that arrangements are made for a prompt pickup of participants.

NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However,  in the event of unseasonably very bad weather, or if a weather warning is issued in the program venue, the expedition may be postponed to ensure the safety of our participants. You will be notified of this via email. 


Moving into 2020 we are looking to release an online preliminary training module so that this can be done in your own time and in your own home. We are yet to release this as yet with details to be provided as soon as possible. Face to face preliminary training dates will be released for our early 2020 programs shortly. 

Preliminary training is designed to teach our participants about what to pack, how to pack, how to waterproof, setting up tents, food options and menu ideas. In addition, there are modules on navigation, compass use and map reading. The idea is to prepare each of our participants so that when they arrive at the program location, we can do our route planning in the morning brief session based on the skills already learned and begin the hike.


Your child using appropriate gear is instrumental in ensuring that they have an enjoyable and comfortable experience – we CANNOT stress this enough! If you are unsure whether your child’s equipment is suitable, please contact us for clarification.

More information on equipment will be provided in your confirmation email, including an equipment checklist. In addition, we will advise what equipment is supplied by YouthAdvance and how to hire or purchase gear from our Equipment Store.

Please refer to the following page for additional information on Equipment for Adventurous Journeys (Equipment Resources).


Each participant will be responsible for planning, supplying and preparing their own meals for the duration of the hike. At least one day’s emergency rations should be carried by participants.

Additional information on meals, including sample menus and meal planning will be sent to you following registration and is available here: (Meal Planning Resources).

All participants should start with at least three full 1 Litre water bottles. In dry weather periods, water can be difficult to source so this is a minimum amount. You will be advised in the registration email if you are required to bring water purification tablets. 


In order to partake in this Adventurous Journey, you are required to seek approval from your Award Leader on the Online Record Book BEFORE you get on the bus. This is a requirement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and YouthAdvance will be strongly enforcing this moving into 2020. 

Please us the following details as your assessor:

Assessor: YouthAdvance Award Leader or Guide name if known

Phone: 02 8957 5428

Email: [email protected]

Assessor signoff will be completed in the ORB following your hike once your request assessor approval.

Award Leader signoff WILL NOT be completed until your AJ report has been submitted and uploaded into the Documents section of the ORB. Please ensure that you use the appropriate template.


Following registration for this hike, you will be sent a link to CareMonkey to setup a profile. If we do not have a profile that is up to date (within 2 months), your child will not be permitted to board the bus.

We use CareMonkey to collect medical information about each participant. Please take the time to fill in this form accurately and honestly in each of the data fields. Accurate medical data is important in the event of an unseen medical emergency occurring while on the program. 


Please select the “Register” button next to your preferred dates and follow the prompts. 

Please note that the minimum number to run a program is 7 Participants. You will be advised if we do not have sufficient numbers to run this program.


If you have any questions, please contact our team at [email protected]



Due to the large number of bushfires across NSW and the importance of keeping our participants and staff safe, our program team are busily working out new programs and liaising with National Parks and other agencies to put together some great new programs for 2020. Please be patient and we will have locations posted as soon as possible.