Develop the skills you need to undertake your Gold Expedition. On this course you’ll learn practical outdoor and survival skills, which you can then put into practice on your qualifying expedition. Topics include:

  • Countryside code
  • Navigation techniques
  • Stove cooking
  • Safe drinking water
  • Map and compass use
  • First aid
  • Kit discussion

Our D of E Expeditions are a great way to make new friends, grow your knowledge and skills and help you to complete the Gold D of E.

This practice expedition can be followed by the qualifying expedition at the same centre, which is the ideal way to complete the expedition element using your skills and knowledge of the location.

Accommodation may be in suitably shared rooms or tents *.

Our centres are operated in a fully Covid-secure way.  Always check with your D of E Leader before booking.

Bookings must be made by over 18’s but if booking for a young person please ensure you enter their name and age in the Order Notes at the checkout.

*dependent on any Covid 19 restrictions in place. You may be in a tent on your own.

Tutor: FSC Staff

Courses are lead by experienced FSC staff.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Arrive 13:00

Afternoon: Icebreakers, introduction to course, previous experiences, team building

Evening: 20 conditions and kit talk

Day 2

All day: Local walk with navigation focus

Evening: First aid

Day 3

Morning: Camp craft - stoves/tents how to use, good practice

Afternoon: Route planning

Evening: Packing

Day 4

All day: Expedition

Evening: Wild camp

Day 5

All day: Expedition

Evening: Wild camp

Day 6

Morning: Return to centre, sort kit

Afternoon: Discuss next steps, include aims and presentation.

Depart 15:00.

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Comprehensive training
    Covering all aspects of the DofE syllabus and delivered by our highly experienced and qualified staff.
  • Supervision by Highly Qualified staff
    Our highly experienced instructor team will be supervising you throughout the expedition. All of our staff are a minimum of Summer Mountain Leader qualified.
  • Use of the best group equipment available
    Stove, pans and fuel (1 per person)
    First aid kit (1 per team)
    Maps and Compass (1 per person)
    Water Purification tablets
  • Food is provided on this practice to give you ideas for the qualifying expedition where you have to bring your own.

Before You Attend

You will need to arrange:

  • Your own transport to and from the expedition venue. Participants are encouraged to follow the current social distancing guidelines when considering how to travel.
  • Your personal clothing and some camping equipment.