Anyone who is still under 23 ½ can registrar for the Gold DofE award. You need to finish by your 25th birthday. It is possible to do your Gold DofE award expedition training and practice and gain the Countryside leaders award.

The Gold DofE Award is an internationally recognised award and is consider valuable by employers who understand that anyone who has completed it has developed considerable skills in team work, communication and problem solving.

There are 5 sections to the Gold DofE award:

  1. Skill section
  2. Physical section
  3. Volunteering Section
  4. Expedition Section
  5. Residential section

We offer Canoeing and walking expeditions both training, practice and assessment.

Open  DofE Expedition Canoeing 

Canoeing expeditions take place on the River Ouse, the Norfolk Broads, River Wye and River Severn. These are all areas of outstanding natural beauty and give participants the opportunity to explore new waterways, visit new places and enjoy camping in the silence and beauty of nature. Campsites are all next to the river and a number allow you to have log fires so that you are able to learn how to make damper bread and toast marshmallows.

Joint Gold Open DofE Expedition training:
Thursday 15th – Friday 16th Feb 2018
Anglesey Abbey

Gold Open Canoe Practice expedition:
Friday March 30th – Monday April 2nd 2018
Specific canoe training will take place a Milton Country Park Lakes and
will then be followed by the 3 day practice expedition from Cambridge to Brandon via Ely.

Gold Open Canoe Practice expedition:
Tuesday April 3rd – Friday April 6th 2018
Specific canoe training will take place a Milton Country Park Lakes and
will then be followed by the 3 day practice expedition from Cambridge to Brandon via Ely.

Gold Open Canoe Assessed Expedition:
Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July 2018
The assessed expedition will either take place in Mid Wales or Norfolk Broads

Gold Open Canoe Assessed Expedition:
Saturday July 21st – Wednesday July 25th 2018
The assessed expedition will either take place in Mid Wales or Norfolk Broads

If these dates don’t suit you or you have a group wishing to have other dates please do email as we can always organised other expedition dates.

Open  DofE Expedition Walking

Walking expeditions take place in either Wales or North Yorkshire with the opportunity depending on the group and the weather to climb Mt Snowdon. Both of these area are very beautiful with iron age remains, castles, hill forts, evidence of mining and stunning wild life. The campsites we use are small and a number allow log fires in the evening.

Gold Open DofE Walking Practice expedition:
Tuesday April 10th – Friday April 13th 2018
The practice expedition will take place in North Wales.

Gold Open DofE Walking Assessed Expedition:
Wednesday May 30th – Sunday June 3rd 2018
The assessed expedition will either take place in Mid Wales or North Yorkshire.

If these dates don’t suit you or you have a group wishing to have other dates please do email as we can always organised other expedition dates.

Please email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk for information.

More information can be gained from the DofE website.

Course Dates:

Joint Gold Open DofE Expedition training:
15th – 16th Feb 2018

Gold Open Canoe Practice expedition:
March 30th – April 2nd 2018

Gold Open Canoe Practice expedition:
3rd – 6th April 2018

Gold Open DofE Walking Practice expedition:
10th – 13th April 2018

Gold Open DofE Walking Assessed Expedition:
May 30th – June 3rd 2018

Gold Open Canoe Assessed Expedition:
2nd – 6th July 2018

Gold Open Canoe Assessed Expedition:
21st – 25th July 2018

Happy to arrange training or assessment for groups at other times

Please email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk for information.

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Can we do this on a beach?! In the summer !! Really informative and feel equipped to hand a situation

DofE Leader Cambridge

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