Activity Details

The Expedition section has three elements for all to cover at all levels:

  1. Training
    • Getting all the basics in place. Direct supervision
    • Bronzes/Directs do full basic training including 1st Aid and overnight camping
    • Acclimatisation and upskilling for Silvers and Golds
  2. Practice
    • Can they do a self sufficient Final? Close, moving to remote supervision
    • Bronze –  a day, overnight and morning
    • Silver – 2 nights, 2 days
    • Gold – 3 nights, 3-4 days (room for refresher training)
  3. Final
    • Fully self sufficient and appropriately remotely supervised
    • Bronze – 2 days (6hrs planned journeying) 1 night
    • Silver – 3 days (7hrs planned journeying) 2 nights
    • Gold – 4 days (8hrs planned journeying) 3 nights

If a Practice/Final opportunity is missed by an individual we ask other Dorset Council DofE centres to help. 

Expedition Kit: 

  • Kit List from 2019
  • Kit does not need to be especially bought at first
  • Please make sure that everything on the list is packed and don’t forget to leave room for team kit like a tent or trangia or fuel. Don’t overpack.
  • ‘Please note that we have some kit that can be borrowed, so long as it is returned after the Expedition/event in the condition it went out in! It is lent on a first come, first served basis. It must come back in on the agreed date otherwise you will incur a £1/week late fee! That late fee will go up. People who persistently don’t return kit will not be able to borrow it again.

Menu planning and food choices:

  • D of E Gourmet Meal Suggestions
  • An important part of training so you know
    • personal needs
    • collective team evening meal. 
  • Please do NOT bring things needing hot water at lunch time – for various reasons: safety, hygiene, convenience, teamwork, need for extra fuel (and therefore extra to carry), timings – especially when teams are already behind due to getting mislaid or inclement weather!

Useful downloads: 

  • ALL cheques to made out to Gillingham DofE OAC please. 
  • BACs transfer: sortcode 30.98.97 (Lloyds) a/c 47830260 – Bank Ref MUST BE full name of participant.


Download: 2019-20 Calendar

Download: 19-20 overview with costs update Nov 2019, grouped for each level 

See Gillingham school calendar at

We meet most Term-time Tuesdays after school – at the Slade Centre from 5/11/19. Regular team attendance for exped preparation is staged for each level. Individuals/parents are welcome to drop in for help any time.

Teams continue to work together until their Expedition Presentation is completed 

Further Activity Details will be added to offsite events as the year progresses

Please say if you have any problems getting to or being collected from the start/finish points.

Autumn Term Sep 2 to Dec 20 (half term w/b 28 Oct)



  • Sat 14/12 FIRST AIDBronze and Directs
  • Golds finish planning – goodbye until end of June!


CHRISTMAS HOLS – 21/12/19 to 5/1/20 INC


Spring term Jan 6 to Apr 3 (half term w/b 17 Feb)


  • Silver only on regular basis to the end of spring term (Bronze start Mar)
  • Sat 11/1 – Day Hike, Bronze and Directs


  • Fri 14/2 FIRST AIDBronze and Directs (Inset day)
  • Sat and Sun 15-16/2 Silver Trg


  • Bronze on regular basis to end of June
  • Fri (after school) to Sun 6 – 8/3 Silver Practice
  • Sat to Sun 21 – 22/3 – day and overnight Bronze Trg


EASTER HOLS – 4 to 19/4 (Gill Inset on the 20/4) INC (Easter BH 10-13/4)


Summer term Apr 21 to July 20 (half term w/b 25/5)


  • Bronze on regular basis to end of June
  • Sat to Mon 18 – 20/4 Silver Final


  • Sat to Sun 9-10/5 Bronze Practice half the teams (May 8 BH)
  • Sat to Sun 16-17/5 Bronze Practice half the teams


  • Sat to Sun 6-7/6 Bronze Final all teams
  • Sat to Tues 27-30/6 Gold Practice


  • Fri to Tues 17 – 21/7 Gold Final


SUMMER HOLS – From the 21/7 (Gill Inset on the 20/7)