Expedition and full calendar

We meet most Term-time Tuesdays after school in the Slade Centre  4-5.45pm. Individuals/parents are welcome to drop in for help any time.

Regular team attendance for Silver expedition planning and preparation is during the spring term; Bronzes from March until June. Golds will do their planning in one day in the future: see the gold page

Teams continue to work together until their Expedition Presentation is completed 

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 expedition stages are missed by an individual we ask other Dorset Council DofE centres to help. 

Expedition Kit: 

  • Kit List
  • 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.
  • 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 dates are below.

Further Activity Detail is added to offsite events as the dates get closer. Please say if you have any problems getting to or being collected from the start/finish points.

  • ALL cheques 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

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

All summer term dates have had to be cancelled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place 

We will be revising/confirming dates as soon as it is possible. The dates below are all subject to the situation nearer the time.

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