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Training and Practice expedition Saturday May 5th to Monday May 7th 2018
Starting at Milton County Park ending at Brandon.

Qualifying expedition
Saturday May 26th to Monday May 28th 2018

Starting in Bedford ending at Earith.

Details
You can begin your Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award when you are in year 10, If your school does not run the award or you have not been able to gain a place on your schools scheme you can still do your DofE as an Open Award candidate. This means that you would enrol at an Open Centre eg St Pauls Open DofE Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge  and then you can do your expedition with JoyofAdventure either walking or canoeing.

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Sections

Volunteering Physical Skills Expedition
6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months Plan and train for a 3 day/2 night expedition
Direct entrants (No Bronze Award) must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

There is more information about what is required for each section at www.dofe.org

Expedition

This is your chance to train, plan and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. You can undertake your journey on foot, by bicycle or on water. JoyofAdventure delivers Open Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver expeditions by walking or canoe. At Silver level the expedition is 3 days with 2 overnight camps. You have to be self-sufficient on the journey and take everything with you for 3 days.

The expedition is a self-sufficient journey where participants will  walk or canoe as a group and do not have a staff member with them. Therefore it is essential they are properly trained to be able to complete this section successfully.

Expedition training for canoe expeditions

Duke of Edinburgh expeditions by canoe give participants the opportunity to learn a new skill and adventure along waterways which they have never explored before. They take with them all there equipment and food for 3 days camping at various locations along the river exploring lodes and streams as they go.

Training will include:

  • Canoe paddle and rescue skills
  • Expedition Cooking and campcraft skills
  • First Aid training
  • Countryside code
  • Team work and communications

Equipment and maps
The cost of the expedition includes boats, buoyancy aids, paddles and dry bags, but students will need to bring all their own clothing. Tents, sleeping bags and mats can be borrow for a miminal cost

The programmes described below work out £50 per person per day for canoeing. Price includes hire of canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and dry bags  (food and transport and campsite fees not included).

Training: 1 1/2 days of canoe skills training at Milton Country Park   Qualified BCU instructors and First Aid trainers.
Practice Expedition: 2 days and 2 nights canoeing and camping on the Ouse from Cambridge to Brandon  DofE and BCU staff in direct supervision.
Assessed Expedition: 3 days and 2 nights canoeing and camping on River Ouse from Bedford to Eireth  (food, camping, transport and fees not included). DofE assessors and BCU staff in direct and remote supervision.

Breakdown of costs for Silver Award Canoe expeditions

3 days 2 nights practice expedition £180
3 day 2 nights assessed expedition £180
Total Cost of expeditions £360 (in 4 instalments)

Payment

Payment can be spread over the year to help parents with budgeting and there is also a fund to help those who find the costs difficult The Elsie Macracken Project

If you would like more information about Open Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions please email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk

Expedition training for walking expeditions

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award walking expeditions are a great opportunity to explore pathways and routes which people have walked for hundreds of years. Participants will plan their own route and decide what they will explore enroute

Training will include:

  • National Navigation Bronze award training
  • Expedition Cooking and campcraft skills
  • Outdoor First Aid training
  • Countryside code
  • Team work and communications

If you are interested as an individual or a school in Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver expeditions please do email dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk for information pack

 

The programmes described below work out £40 per person per day for walking expeditions. (food, campsite fees and transport not included).

Training: 1 1/2 days both in school and at the start of the expedition  with qualified Mountain leaders and First Aid trainers.
Practice Expedition: 2 days and 2 nights DofE supervisors and Mountain Leader qualified staff in direct and remote supervision.
Assessed Expedition: 3 days and 2 night . DofE assessors and Mountain Leader qualified staff in direct and remote supervision.

Breakdown of costs for Silver Award Walking expeditions

3 days 3 nights practice expedition £120
3 day 3 nights assessed expedition £120
Total Cost of expeditions £240 (in 4 instalments)

What happens next?

If you would like to do The Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award expedition through JoyofAdventure you need to:

1) Return the completed medical form with deposit to
JoyofAdventure
Wild Rose Cottage
Church Walk Lode
Cambridge
CB25 9EX

2) Payment for expeditions can be in stages with a non returnable deposit of £100 payable to confirm your place on the expedition, Payment by cheque of bank transfer.

Contact details

Joy Martin dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk

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