Silver Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Camp

Last weekend, 12-13 March, seven Silver and two Bronze students took part in a Silver/Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Practice 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 Brisbane as part of an 'Urban Exploration'.

Students explored the city environment working upon personal projects on urban related topics.  These are a comparative study of the predominantly manicured Brisbane Parks with the Gold Coast’s more natural untouched parklands, 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's activities was excellent. The weather was perfect for walking and visiting previously unexplored districts. It was sunny for the whole trip as students visited the beautiful parks in Brisbane’s CBD. These included Roma Street Parklands, New Farm Park, Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and Brisbane’s South Bank Gardens. Unfortunately, due to recent floods the Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum were closed, but students did get the opportunity to visit the Brisbane Powerhouse complex.

Andrew Sole
Head of Outdoor Education