The expedition is a physical, team and organisational challenge designed to develop hard and soft skills in a team environment. In outline; each team must plan and complete a journey for a number of days (see below) staying in a tent and fully supporting themselves. The team must carry all the equipment and food they need for the duration. They must cook and eat at least one substantial meal per day. They are responsible for navigation and leadership of the team so that they complete their journey as per the route card that they have planned. On route the team must have a stated purpose which they carry out on route. A sheet showing typical purpose work is attached below.
Each team has a series of training sessions that they are required to attend. Currently Gold training is on Monday, with Bronze and Silver on Thursdays. A navigation training day and 24hr training camp are provided in the Spring. All expedition teams must complete a practice expedition and a seperate assessed expedition. Assessment is done in house at Bronze, with external assessors at Silver and Gold levels. After the assessment each team must give a presentation of their assessed expedition which will include data and conclusions from their purpose work. After this the expedition section is signed off on eDofE. At each stage participants must update the expedition section on their eDofE account.
Bronze: Normal Terrain - Two day expedition with six hours of planned activity per day (normally 1 hour rests, 45 mins purpose work and 4.25 hours jouneying).
Silver: Normal Terrain - Three days expedition with severn hours of planned activity per day (normally 1.25 hours of rests, 1 hours of purpose work and 4.75 hours of jouneying).
Gold: Wild Country (remote open hill/fell and moorland) - Four days expedition with eight hours of planned activity per day (normally 1.5 hours of rests, 1 hour of purpose work and 5.5 hours of jouneying).
At Priory Academy LSST we only support walking expeditions at Bronze. We can support one paddeling group (open boat) or one mountain biking group at Silver or Gold levels.
Fees: Each expedition is individually priced according to its costs. These are published in the event letter sent out at least four weeks prior to the event. All participants are required to complete a medical declaration and permissions form. All these details are emailed to participants and via Parent Mail. They are also available on the DofE section of SharePoint.
Additional Information is attached below: