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Gold DofE Training, Planning, Practice & Off-Island Qualifier

Run by Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre

Thank you for your interest in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Open Expedition at Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre. To confirm your place on a course you should complete a booking form and medical/consent form, which then need to be returned to Course Bookings at Ardwhallan.

Mode of Transport: These expeditions can be completed by Walking OR Walking and Canoeing. If choosing the latter you will spend 1-2 days walking and the remainder of the expedition Canoeing (equipment supplied by us), or vice versa, depending on the conditions. For the canoeing aspect groups will be supervised more closely by our quialifed staff. Please indicate on the booking form which type of expedition you would prefer.

Food & Camp Fees: The charge for these sessions will include campsites fees, use of some equipment and staffing. Participants will be expected to provide all their food and there will be an opportunity to purchase this between planning and the expedition.

Supervision: There is a large emphasis on independence and self-reliance within the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme. As such there will be certain times when groups will not be directly supervised. During the practice and assessment expedition there will be no staff presence over night and supervision during the day will be of a more remote nature, thus allowing the participants to have their own experiences. Participants will be given emergency contact details for staff members and we will check in with them at various times during the expedition.


Some of the kit you will need for the Expedition will be issued to you when you arrive at Ardwhallan but you should bring the following with you.

  • Food

  • Waterproof coat & trousers

  • 2 complete sets of warm clothing

  • 1 pair of walking boots.

  • 55 – 60ltr Rucksack (if you have one)

  • Water container (2x 1lt)

  • Cup, bowl & cutlery

  • Wash kit

  • Personal medication

  • Sleeping bag & roll mat

  • A small torch (head torch is best)

Where and When

Before this date please ensure that the training section in expedition on eDofE has been approved by your Leader

3rd August: Training

4th August: Planning

5-7th August: Practice

17-20th August: Qualifier

The qualifier expedition takes place in the Lake District.

The cost of this course covers the planning day, practice expedition and qualifier expedition - including campsite fees, use of kit and transport. It does not ​cover the cost of food.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CAMPING IS UNSUPERVISED, the group will be given emergency contact details for our staff.

  •  Everyday
  •  Daytime & Evenings
  •  Term time only
  •  250.00
  •  Subitable for ages 16 to 21
  •  Familiy friendly activity
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