Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Camp

Last weekend, 24 Bronze students took part in a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Camp. Unlike the more traditional expedition orientated camps which have been based in the tropical rainforests surrounding the Gold Coast, this camp took place in the parklands and natural surrounds of Brisbane as part of an Urban Exploration.

Students explored the city environment working upon personal projects based around urban related topics. They carried out a comparative study of the predominantly manicured Brisbane Parks with the Gold Coast’s more natural untouched parklands. Topics included the impact of humans on the environment, how do cycle paths/designated pathways and footpaths etc impact on the natural features on the park and what is the impact of artificially designed parks on the natural environment (fauna and flora).

All students had a great time and the group dynamics, team spirit and enthusiastic approach to leadership tasks during the weekend activities was excellent. The weather, although hot was perfect for walking and exploring previously unknown parks and gardens. Students visited the most beautiful parks within Brisbane’s CBD. These included Roma Street Parklands, New Farm Park, Brisbane’s Southbank Gardens and Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Highlights of the Mount Coot-tha visit were the Japanese Gardens and Bonsai House. Students were also lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the Brisbane Powerhouse complex at New Farm Park and view the exceptional artwork as part of the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

Andrew Sole | Head of Outdoor Education