Participants can enrol at any time, ready to start at 16, but if the Silver level has been tackled it should be verified as completed unless extenuating circumstances. It is possible to enrol without previous Award enrolment.
Please see the Activity Details page for events coming up. Detailed information is added to download 3 to 4 weeks prior to the date.
PLEASE NOTE that to complete your Expedition in the same academic year you need to be starting the Gold Expedition planning/training programme on October 1st 2019, even if not quite 16. Directs (ie those without Bronze/Silver) will need to undertake the base training weekend, day hike, and the First Aid Course – details here
The regular Tues evening attendance, in the Autumn Term is from 4.15-5.45pm.. This time is spent planning and completing prep for the assessment. It is mandatory because its part of the assessment! .
You can pop in for help or information most term time Tuesdays 4-7pm at any stage in your Award
To encourage the completion of a whole Award, which is usually the reason for investment in it in the first place, our other Centre stipulations to doing the Expedition are that other Gold sections are obviously underway or planned for the future.
We anticipate the 2019/20 Gold Expedition to be done and dusted by the end of July but there’s still work on the team presentation to do afterwards. To take part in this section of their Award Participants must attend DofE Expedition training consistently and take part in planning and organising their Final Exped. This is because the teams and the people in them have to be safe and ready enough to execute a self-sufficient and unaccompanied assessed expedition that they’ve planned themselves. On assessment, teams are remotely supervised and meet leaders at agreed checkpoints
The Award is very flexible in the way that it can be approached: not all sections need to be started at the same time and two levels can be worked on at once, but ask for the fine print!