A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.
14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative or LOAI is an Approved Activity Provided (AAP) for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
BRONZE | SILVER | GOLD
Operating from the West Pennine Moors, we ensure your DofE runs smoothly and safely, whilst upskilling your teaching and learning team with mentoring and guidance from our skilled instructors and DofE Assessors.
Bronze expeditions are usually run at the Anderton Centre in Rivington in the West Pennines; Silver awards from the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Get in touch to discuss Gold DofEs as we have in-house experience of Scotland, Sweden, Spain and America.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expeditions run on our doorstep in the West Pennine Moors or further north in the Lake District.
Q: What does the package include?
A: Training Day, Practice Expedition, Qualifier, camp fees and kit hire.
Q: What happens on a) Training Day; b) Practice Expedition; c) Qualifier?
a) Training day – Participants will look at all that is required before attending the practice. This will include 20 conditions, expedition aims, country code, safe use of stoves, erecting a tent, which food to bring, which kit to bring, how to pack a rucksack, route cards and a short navigation exercise.
b) Practice Expedition – Participants will put into practice all they were taught on the training day. By the end of the practice, participants should be fully prepared for the Qualifier. Navigation will be supervised initially and remotely supervised on the second day.
c) The Qualifier will be completely unsupported. The training leading up to the Qualifier will have been suitable enough to prepare the participant. From the beginning to the end of the expedition, no external help will be given. Navigation, campcraft and expedition aims will be carried out solely by the participants.
Q: I’ve heard that the 20 conditions for Bronze Expeditions have changed. What exactly has changed?
1. The use of indoor accommodation. The use of basic indoor accommodation has always been allowed. Basic accommodation such as camping barns and bothies, should provide shelter only and must not include kitchen facilities, bedding or central heating. This ruling ensures that Bronze DofE groups can be inclusive to all especially to SEN groups and can extend the normal DofE season making more use of the colder months.
2. A generic aim for the expedition. The participants can still decide the aim of the expedition but the Group Leader or supervisor can now help groups that are struggling to devise project themes.
3. Presentation for Bronze expeditions. There is no longer a requirement for Bronze Expedition participants to undertake a presentation. However, groups must still have an aim which must be discussed with the assessor at the debrief at the end of the expedition.
4. The combined roles of supervisor and assessor. At Bronze level, the roles of supervisor and assessor can be completed by the individual as long as they are an Accredited Assessor and comply with the AAP requirements to supervise expeditions.
5. Requirement of a practice expedition. A practice expedition is not required. However, participants are still expected to reach the level of skills appropriate for completing the remotely supervised qualifying expedition.
Q: What is included in the kit hire fee?
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Stove and gas
Q: What is the duration of the expeditions?
BRONZE: 2 days and 1 night (comprising 6 hours activity during the day and 3 hours journeying).
SILVER: 3 days and 2 nights (comprising 7 hours activity during the day and 3.5 hours journeying).
GOLD: 4 days and 3 nights (comprising 8 hours activity during the day and 4 hours journeying).
Q: How old do participants need to be?
BRONZE: Age 14 and upwards.
SILVER: Age 15 and upwards.
GOLD: Age 16 and upwards.
*All awards must be completed before the participant’s 25th birthday.
Q: In what areas can participants complete their expedition?
Land walking/cycling normal rural countryside. Can be familiar to participants.
Canoe canals, rivers, inland waterways and lakes.
Sailing inland waters of sheltered estuaries.
Land walking/cycling normal rural countryside which is unfamiliar to participants.
Canoe canals, rivers, inland waterways and lakes in rural areas.
Sailing inland waters of sheltered estuaries.
Land walking/cycling wild country remote from habitation more demanding than at Silver.
Canoe as per Silver but can include sheltered coastal waters.
Sailing as per Silver but can include sheltered coastal waters.
Q: What modes of travel can we provide at the Anderton Centre?
A: Walking, cycling, canoe/kayak and sailing.
Q: What other services does the Anderton Centre provide:
Canoe/Kayak hire for water expeditions
(all at extra cost to the standard package)
Q: What does the school/college need to provide for the expedition?
A: The school would need to ensure that the participants have received sufficient training outside of what is provided by the Anderton Centre. The Centre will highlight what this may entail before the qualifying expedition and plan of action will be discussed. We would also expect the school to provide some form of pastoral care for the evenings of the expeditions (N.B. The Centre can provide this if necessary but at additional cost).
Q: What are the DofE ratios?
A: DofE rules stipulate that a group must contain a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 participants for kayak, walking, cycling or sailing and a maximum of 8 participants for canoe expeditions. Groups between 7 and 14 participants must be split evenly between 2 supervisors.
Q: How will DofE be notified of the completion of the expedition?
A: Following the assessors debrief to the group at the end of the Qualifier, a report will be submitted on the DofE website. This will be checked by a DofE award verifier and marked as complete.