Yes. We can lend you the majority of the kit you will need for your expedition. You will need to bring your own personal items listed on our kit list but we can provide you with all the group kit such as a tent, trangia stove and gas, map, compass and a rucksack or dry bag. What you will need to do is bring your food and clothes and other personal items to the expedition in another bag and we will transfer your belongings at the starting point of the expedition.
If it is accidental damage such as a tent pole breaking or a compass which has stopped working, then we won’t charge you. However if you lose or damage any of our kit through neglegence, you will be expected to pay for it to be replaced. We will agree with you and your school a solution which is reasonable. It may simply be the case that you don’t get your full deposit back from school.
Ideally you would have a pair of walking boots which covers the ankle which you have broken in to avoid blisters. If there is no way that this is possible, a sturdy pair of approach shoes or running trainers will be acceptable. The shoe must have a sturdy sole and provide protection for your feet. If you are still unsure on whether your shoes are acceptable then get in touch.
Over the course of the expedition you will need to be drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water per day. Therefore you should be carrying at least this much on each day. There will be opportunities to refill at the campsite for cooking and the following day. We will also carry spare water with us as leaders for you to fill up if necessary especially when the weather is hotter.
Yes, but it is only for the purpose of use in an emergency. You need to ensure that it is fully charged so that you can contact us and we can contact you when necessary. Please be aware that your phones are your own responsibility and so you may want to ensure that you have a way to protect it from the weather!
No. The Duke of Edinburgh expedition is a social event where you are working with your team throughout. Therefore listening to music would be antisocial and go against the team unity aspect. It is also considered to be disrespectful to listen to music out loud in the countryside and therefore cannot be allowed.
Our leaders will be suitably first aid qualified and will be able to assist you should you become ill or injured. If necessary, we will make arrangements to seek further medical assistance and make contact with home for you to be collected.
If you can’t complete your expedition first time around, you will be deferred and we will discuss the options for your completion of the expedition. We will do our upmost to get you onto another expedition which suits you in order to complete your expedition section.
At every campsite other than a wild camp there will be adequate toilet facilities however not many will have showers. Therefore we do not recommend you bringing items to shower with as it will take up space and add unnecessary weight to your bag. We recommend bringing a supply of wet wipes and showering properly at home once you have completed your expedition.
Yes. We have many open expeditions throughout the year which you can join and it is the perfect way to make new friends!
We have a great team of experienced instructors who run our expeditions and activities. All of our staff team are fully qualified to run the activity they are in charge of and hold a valid first aid certificate. All staff members also hold a valid police DBS check. Have a look at our ‘Meet the Team’ page and you can get an idea of who may be working on any activity.
All of our expeditions are assessed by DofE accredited assessors who will be involved in the running of your expedition. You will meet them at the start of your qualifying expedition and see them throughout. They will then write your report and directly upload it onto your eDofE account. Make sure that you have kept your account up to date so your expedition can be signed off.
Absolutely! We will work with you on an individual basis to create an expedition to suit your needs. The Duke of Edinburgh award is aimed to be inclusive for all and we will do our upmost to make the expedition suitable to your needs. Please let us know of any additional needs you may have and we will work with you to make a plan which helps you to complete your expedition.