Duke of Edinburgh Training Section

D of E Awards - Expedition Section


The Aim must be considered first, must be relevant to the Team and achievable
The mode of travel may be on land by foot, cycle or horseback
on water by canoe, sailing or rowing
The environment should be chosen to reflect the Aim and to provide a progressive challenge.

EX2 is an interactive, download-once, use many times, expedition training resource. It is a very useful tool to help prepare cadets for their expedition. An information leaflet about EX2 can be downloaded here DofE EX2 Information Leaflet
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Training must be given in expedition skills:
First aid and emergency procedures
An awareness of risk and H & S issues
Navigation and route planning
Campcraft, equipment and hygiene
Food and cooking
Country, Highway and Water Sports Codes
Observation, recording and purpose
Team building
Proficiency in the mode of travel
This should be delivered by suitably qualified or experienced instructors
Sufficient practice journeys must be undertaken to confirm the competence of the Team. At least one must be undertaken at each level.

Before the qualifying venture instructors must certify in the Record Book that the initial training has been completed
Teams should consist of between 4 and 7 members
Overnight accommodation should be by light weight camping
Time of year to be chosen with care
Participants should plan their route based on the aim of the venture
The route should be a continuous journey, stopping at different locations each night
Speed of travel will be based on experience during Practice expeditions
Terrain should be appropriate to the level and experience of participants.

Timescales for qualifying expeditions

Bronze 2 days and 1 night At least 6 hours during the daytime (at least 3 of which must be spent journeying)

Silver 3 days and 2 nights At least 7 hours during the daytime (at least 3 ½ of which must be spent journeying)

Gold 4 days and 3 nights At least 8 hours during the daytime (at least 4 of which must be spent journeying)

Planned Activity

Travelling, map reading, activity specific to mode of travel (changing cycle wheels, portage of canoes etc.) Must be planned and recorded on route card. Rate of progress to be estimated from practice journeys. At least half daily time to be spent on journeying.
First hand studies, surveys, measurement, photographs, drawings, research on ground, local contact, interviews. Depends on aim, must be genuine, must be estimated and recorded on route card.
Does not include overnight accn, feeding etc
Teams may spend most of the time journeying, but must still make observations and recordings.

Review and Presentation
A debrief should take place immediately after the journey has been completed
Once participants have had time to reflect on the journey, they should give a presentation or provide an account of their experiences
The participants decide on the form and nature of the presentation, but should reflect individual’s contributions

Supervision and Assessment
All practice and qualifying expeditions must be supervised by a suitably qualified adult. There is training available for expedition supervisors
All qualifying expeditions must be assessed by an accredited assessor. Accreditation training is available.
There is an interim period during which assessors approved by the Operating Authority may continue to assess until they complete the accreditation process.