Activity Details

We meet most Term-time Tuesdays after school in the Slade Centre  and 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: 

Event details 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

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

Jan

  • Silver only on regular basis from Tuesday Jan 7th at 4pm in the Slade Centre until the end of spring term (Bronze start Mar

Feb

Mar

  • Bronze on regular basis at the Slade Centre 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)

Apr

  • Bronze on regular basis to end of June
  • Sat to Tues 4 to 7 Apr Gold Trg for newcomers, during Easter Hols
  • Sat to Tues 4 to 7 Apr Gold Practice, if training completed previously 
  • Sat to Mon 18 – 20/4 Silver Final

May

  • 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

June

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

July

  • Fri to Tues 17 – 21/7 Gold Final

 

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