Participants can enrol at any time in Yr 10 and start other sections if Exped training has started. If the Bronze level has been tackled it should be verified as completed.
Regular Tuesday evening attendance is expected in the Spring term. After Easter attendance is only expected to finish the Expedition Presentation.
Here are the 2017-18 Dates and Costs
Please see the Activity Details page for events coming up. Detailed information is added to download 3 to 4 weeks prior to the date.
Everyone is expected to undertake the 6hr Emergency First Aid course unless they have completed formal 1st Aid training within the past 3 years. Dates are (one to attend) Mon Dec18 and Mon 16 April – an Inset Day at Gillingham School.
A more detailed evening and exped programme is here. The yellow highlight indicates when you need to be able to attend
The regular Tues evening attendance is from 4.15-5.45pm.. This time is spent planning and completing prep for the assessment. It is mandatory.
You can pop in for help or information most term time Tuesdays 4-7pm at any stage in your Award.
2018 Expedition training is planned to start as follows:
- No Bronze? With a November 2017 basic training weekend and the December day hike, also First Aid
- With Bronze? Jan 2018
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, if tackled, the Bronze level is finished; all other Silver sectional plans are approved on eDofE and at least the 3 month section finished.
We anticipate the 2017/18 Silver Expedition to be done and dusted by the end of the Easter Holidays 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!