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To inspire young people to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.


  • Gain an appreciation of and respect for the outdoor environment
  • Learn the value of sharing responsibility for success, through leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and co-operation
  • Learn the importance of attention to detail and organisational ability
  • Develop and demonstrate enterprise and imagination
  • Become more self-reliant
  • Become more able to overcome both expected and unexpected challenges. Recognise the needs and strengths of others
  • Improve decision-making skills and the ability to accept consequences
  • Gain the skills to reflect on personal performance
  • Learn to manage risk
  • Learn through experience

20 Conditions of the Expedition Section

1) All expeditions must be my the participants' own physical effort, without 
    motorised or outside assistance

2) All expeditions must be unaccompanied and self-suffice

3) All expeditions must be supervised by an adult who is able to accept
    responsibility for the safety of the team

4) The expedition must have an aim

5) All participants must be properly equipped

6) Participants must have completed the required training and practice expeditions

7) At least one practice expedition must be undertaken at each level of the
    programme, in the same mode of travel in a similar environment to the
    qualifying expedition

8) The team must plan and organise the expedition

9) Assessment must be by an approved Accredited Assessor

10) There must be between four and seven in a team (eight for modes of travel
      which have tandem)

11) All participants must be within the qualifying age of the programme level

12) Participants must be at the same level of assessment

13) The team must not include those who have completed the same or higher
      level expedition

14) Accommodation should be by camping

15) The expedition must be of the correct duration

16) The expedition should normally take place between the end of March and the 
      end of October

17) The expedition should take place in the recommended environment

18) The expedition must meet the minimum hours of planned activity

19) A substantial meal should be cooked and eaten by participants each day

20) A presentation must be prepared and delivered after the expedition

Where participants have individual needs that mean one or more of the above conditions cannot be met, they may apply for a variation to enable them to complete their DofE expedition.


Bronze 2 days and 1 nightAt least 6 hours during the daytime
Silver 3 days and 2 nightsAt least 7 hours during the daytime
Gold    4 days and 3 nightsAt least 8 hours during the daytime

Time associated with overnight accommodation and catering is additional to the minimum daytime hours of planned activity.



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