DofE Gold

Training & Planning (2 days + 1 day)

Typical Areas: Dark Peaks

  • Navigation Training Walks in "Wild Country" areas.
  • Advanced Navigation skills.
  • Leave No Waste.
  • Observation & Recording.
  • Expedition First Aid.
  • Handling Emergencies.
  • Identify & Manage Risks.
  • Impact of weather.
  • Team Building.
  • Tent pitching.
  • Campsite Management.
  • Cooking & fuel safety.
  • Kit & Rucksack Packing.
  • Food & Menu Planning.
  • Route Planning (Practice, including Bad Weather).
  • Separate 1-day Planning Workshop held after Practice Expedition to plan Qualifying Expedition.

Practice Expedition (3 - 4 days)

Typical Areas: Dark Peaks or Yorkshire Dales

  • Put into practice what you've learnt.
  • 3-days, 2-nights as standard including overnight camps.
  • Supervised by our team of qualified & friendly leaders.
  • Review & debrief at end of expedition to highlight successes and adjustments.
  • May include Planning Workshop as part of a residential package.

Qualifying Expedition (4 - 5 days)

Typical Areas: Lake District Yorkshire Dales, or Brecon Beacons

  • Arrive day before for pre-expedition checks, refresher training & overnight camp.
  • 4-days, 3-nights including overnight camps.
  • Supervised by our team of qualified & friendly leaders.
  • Achieve your Aim.
  • Fulfil the DofE 20 Expedition Conditions.
  • Review & debrief at end of expedition with Assessor.
  • Personalised Assessor Reports uploaded to eDofE.

All Packages include:

  • Online Factsheets including kit lists, menu ideas and other key information.
  • Camp site fees for all participants & 2 school staff performing pastoral duties included.
  • Inclusive use of our Group Equipment - tents, stoves, maps, map cases and group first-aid kits.
  • Includes all fuel (gas cylinders compatible with our Trangia stoves).
  • Dedicated admin and organisation that is "second-to-none".
  • Green Forms for all Gold Expeditions.
  • Participant Joining Instructions prior to each event.
  • Generic & Area-Specific Risk Assessments.
  • Public Liability Insurance (£10million), AALA and AAP Licences.
  • Expedition On-Call Support – dedicated “home contact” support during expeditions.

Canoeing Expeditions

Fancy canoeing instead? We offer Gold Canoeing Expedition programmes with journeys taking place on rivers such as the Trent, Soar, Severn or Wye. Alternatively, for this most special of Awards, how about a trip along the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness, taking in the breathtaking views of Ben Nevis and Loch Ness. See if you can spot Nessie along the way!

All Canoe Expedition packages include our standard package as above plus all paddle skills training from our qualified Paddlesport Leaders. Packages also include canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids, dry bags, throw lines and all canal licences.