The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Gold

From £365 per head / plus £125 canoe hire for canoe expeditions.

This package includes:

2 days training :

Our training sessions at Gold can either be run as an additional 2 day camp, or added on to the start of the practice expedition. For all Gold expeditions, we run a training refresher day/ build up day at the start of each qualifying expedition to ensure that the necessary skills and techniques are fresh in the participants’ minds, and allow our assessors to see that the team are safe and proficient in the mode of transport. The training days will involve covering the DofE training framework and providing route planning support- teams will be given time to start planning their qualifying expedition routes, to be completed either during the practice expedition or in school. They will have use of our Toughbook laptops to plan their routes in our mobile classrooms, and the laptops can be made available to the school on request for participants to finish their routes.

4 days practice expedition :

Gold expeditions take place in areas defined as ‘wild country’ and we can work with you to identify the most suitable area for your expeditions. Teams will be provided with printed maps and route cards, with their intended routes clearly shown on the maps. Supervisors will provide support and additional training where necessary during the practice expedition to help teams reach the required standard for assessment. The teams will spend a minimum of 3 days, 3 nights under remote supervision, whilst the first day may include additional training and support.

4 days qualifying expedition :

We provide accredited Assessors alongside our supervisory staff to support teams in the completion of the expedition section of the award. Routes are planned by the teams as part of their preparation for their qualifying expedition, and will be checked by ourselves for safety and suitability prior to the expedition commencing.

Equipment hire :

We provide all tents, Trangia stoves and gas, 2x hi-vis jackets per team, map cases, maps and route cards, safety box including emergency radio and GPS, first aid kits.

Canoe specific equipment: Canoes, buoyancy aids, helmets, paddles, throw lines, rope cutters, dry bag rucksacks (min 60 litre per person plus a 30 litre drybag per person), waterproof safety box with radio and GPS. This is all provided within the additional ‘canoe hire’ charge of £125 per person.

Food is not included in this package; students must provide their own meals and any personal kit. All campsite fees are included.

Staff are welcome to make use of our staff room tent, with cooking facilities and free tea and coffee.

Safety and backup :

The most important question we’re asked is “What safety procedures do you have in place?” and our clients, parents and participants have always been satisfied with the answer.

First aid :
  • Minimum of 16hr first aid qualification for all staff, specific to the outdoors.
  • Teams receive basic first aid training as part of the package.
  • Course leader with First Person on Scene Intermediate qualification, in- depth first aid knowledge and experience and a comprehensive first aid kit and defibrillator available on all courses, able to deploy to any team as needed.
Communications :
  • Emergency contact numbers across two mobile networks to boost chances of receiving messages / calls.
  • Staff carry radios for enhanced communication option.
  • Silver and Gold teams also carry radios and GPS units in a sealed box for emergency use. All teams are given training on emergency procedures, including use of the box at Silver and Gold, and use of a safety pack at Bronze.
  • Qualified Mountain Leaders on the ground, meeting groups throughout the expedition to ensure the safety and welfare of each team.

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