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Why our Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions’ courses are so good

A unique feature of Outdoor Actives’ Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions is the amount of choice we give you and the flexibility of our packages. We have designed 7 different options for the Gold Award; one of which will suit your needs and budget

  • 1 day training in school – On this day our experienced staff come to your school, college, university, or a suitable place of your choice and deliver a day packed full of interesting training scenarios that put in place the fundamental building blocks needed on your expedition.
  • 2 day Training in school – This option means longer can be spent putting across the basic skills that will be required on the training expedition. The 2 day option is recommended for groups wishing to do direct entry onto the Gold D of E expedition.
  • 5 day Training Expedition – This is the start of the student’s time in the “real” outdoor environment. Obviously, we have to do this gradually, and the first day will include meeting the staff, look at camping, cooking with stoves, and camping etiquette. We’ll also introduce the skills needed for safe and efficient travel (in the discipline you have chosen). The second and third days will build on the foundations laid down in day one with more time developing the skills needed to successfully move onto a self sufficient Practice Expedition. Days 4 and 5 will see the expectations take a step up and will be at the same level as the qualifying expedition. After the expedition and following a post course discussion and verbal action plan you can head home for a well deserved dinner.
  • 5 day Qualifying Expedition – This is the real “nitty and gritty” of the whole process up to this point. The students will be expected to be self sufficient for 4 days and 3 nights having planned their route, food, emergency procedures etc. Obviously, we are realistic with this and do a thorough check of their kit, route cards, safety strategies etc. We have found it is beneficial to everybody to have a day (before the 4 day exped) where we run through the specific skills required for the actual environment, weather, etc to be encountered. Taking in the summit of Mount Snowdon is very popular on D of E Gold Expeditions. Following completion of the expedition we will have a roundup of events, and what to do next chat.
  • 12 day package– We run all three of the above elements of the D of E Gold Award expedition as a package. This is discounted and represents the best method to arrange the whole process as continuity is maintained and relationships built. 

How much does it cost?

Our streamlined business structure allows us to provide top quality Duke of Edinburgh Award courses at a very reasonable price. The following prices are per person:

<10 people10-30 people>30 people
1 Day - Training in school£35£35£35
2 Day - Training in school£70£70£70
5 Day - Practice expedition£225£225£225
5 Day - Qualifying expedition£225£225£225
12 Day - Complete package£510£489£459
5 Day - Open practice exped£245
5 Day - Open qualifying exped£245

What does the price include?

  • All safety equipment for the education programme.
  • All risk assessments, kit lists, and contact with us to ensure the most well organised programme possible.
  • All paper work signed off for your school / organisation, LEA’s, D of E Operating Authorities etc.
  • All transport whilst on the course.
  • All equipment needed including; rucksacks, tents, sleeping mats, stoves, fuel, boots, maps & compass. 
  • Campsite costs for the expedition nights only.
  • Walking expeditions only. Kayak / canoe  /Mtb expeds incur an extra charge of £10 pp / pd.

How to book

So, if you already know we can help you with your D of E requirements please contact us with your exact needs. Or if you have any questions not answered in the D of E pages, again, please feel free to ask us them directly. You can contact us via the phone number and email found at the top of the page. Or, fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.


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