Recently the question has been asked regarding the William Pike Challenge and how/if this may cross
credit into the Guiding programme at Guide and Ranger level; the same as the Duke of
Edinburgh/Hillary NZ Award is for Rangers.
This has been discussed at length by the Programme Team and the team believes this nationally
recognized New Zealand programme should be given the same recognition as the current D of E
programme is About the William Pike Challenge https://www.williampikechallenge.co.nz/
A life changing experience led to the William Pike Challenge
The William Pike Challenge was developed as a result of a significant life changing experience.
What our founder, William Pike eventually learnt from his Mt. Ruapehu experience was, when you’re
faced with challenge and change, success or failure comes down to one thing – whether you are
already prepared to step outside your comfort zone – or whether you’re not.
When the opportunity came up to create a youth development programme based around growing more
resilient young people, he jumped at it. William could see a real opportunity to take what had
prepared him for his challenges, and help prepare our young people for succeeding in their lives.
That is now our mission; helping students step out of their comfort zones and develop essential
skills for the future.
Guides and the William Pike Challenge
● Some of your Guides, in years 6-8 may be taking part in the William Pike Challenge through their
school. The William Pike Challenge has a number of leadership, volunteering and development
opportunities which can be cross credited into the Guide Programme, as the Duke of Edinburgh Award
is at Ranger Level. You can only cross-credit items to the Guide programme, only while they are at
● The William Pike Challenge requires students to complete 20 hours of community service. A Guide
in her final year could use this to have her 4 hours of Community Service for the Aoraki Clause
“Giving Back”. A younger Guide could use this to have her Exploring Our Communities Individual
Clause 7 “Volunteer for another community organisation” marked off.
● The Passion Project 20 hours portion of the William Pike Challenge could potentially be used to
complete a Personal Interest Badge, as a Guide is developing a new interest or skill. The Guide
would also need to complete the reflection on how the experience/activity relates to Guiding/Guide
● The 5 Outdoor Activities in the Challenge may potentially mark off a number of Exploring the
Outdoors Individual Clauses. Depending on what the Guide has done, they may have completed clauses
such as Individual 6 – Adventure on Water, Individual 9 DOC site or nature reserve, or Individual
10 – Clause of own choice. You can mark off the appropriate items based on your discussion with the
Guide about what activities they are taking part in with their group.
● If you have any queries about this, you are welcome to contact Ally Gracewood, the Guide
Programme Coordinator, on [email protected]
Rangers and the William Pike Challenge
● Some of your Rangers, in years 8 & 9 may be taking part in the William Pike Challenge through
their school. The William Pike Challenge has a number of leadership, volunteering and development
opportunities which can be cross credited into the Ranger Programme, as the Duke of Edinburgh Award
currently is. You can only cross credit items that are completed while they are at Rangers.
Anything completed before Rangers or while at Guides can not be counted towards the Ranger
● The William Pike Challenge requires students to complete 20 hours of community service. This
could be apportioned towards Green Community Action (depending on when it was completed and whether
the girl was at Rangers at the time)
● The Passion Project 20 hours section of the William Pike Challenge could potentially be used for
12×12 activities (Hauora or Pukenga)
● There are 5 Outdoor Activities in the Challenge. These may potentially mark off clauses in the
12×12 (Outdoor Activity) or clauses from the Venture Outdoors Interest cert (from Great Outdoors
area). You would need to have a discussion with the Ranger about what activities they have
completed and where they see them being marked off
● If you have any queries about this, you are welcome to contact Gina Chaney, the National Ranger
Programme Coordinator on [email protected]