Silver Duke of Edinburgh Camp

16 - 18 October 2020

Last weekend, seven Years 10 and 11 students took part in a Silver Duke of Edinburgh camp. Unlike the more traditional expedition orientated camps which have been based in the rainforests and bushland surrounding the Gold Coast, this year’s Silver camp took place on the Gold Coast as part of an Urban Exploration.

For one student, Hayden Lee, this was his qualifying camp, whilst for the remaining six students (Alex Roberts, Benjamin Elphick, Bita Shahidzadeh Mahani, Charles Morris and James Hickey) this was a practice camp with their qualifying camp taking place in Brisbane later in the term.

Students explored the city environment for three days, working on personal projects on urban related topics. These included an industrial architecture project exploring the hidden and abandoned railway tracks, seating provision for the Gold Coast community, the impact of modern buildings on traditional architecture in the suburbs, and how international culture has impacted on the cuisine habits of Gold Coast residents.

All seven students had a great time and the group dynamics, team spirit and enthusiastic approach to the weekend activities was excellent. The weather was sunny and hot all weekend. Students camped at the College where they cooked their evening meals and prepared their breakfasts and packed lunches. Lunch times were often spent in the beautiful parks and gardens of the Gold Coast. 

A number of suburbs were explored as part of historical and cultural visits, with students taking notes and recording what they saw with both video and still photographic images to create a comprehensive journal documenting their chosen topic.

Notable highpoints for the students were a visit to the Home of the Arts (HOTA), Q1 building and a morning spent exploring China Town.

Andrew Sole
Head of Outdoor Education