Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions guidance

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions guidance

Outdoor education information that is specific to DofE expeditions

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) aims to give young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential, and have a brighter future. The DofE website has details on all aspects of the Award.

There are two specific OEAP National Guidance documents that are relevant to DofE expeditions:-

  1. 7.1b Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions
  2. 7.1k Unaccompanied Expeditions

The Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP) produces National Guidance, which provides comprehensive support for the management of high-quality outdoor learning, educational visits and adventurous activities.

7.1b Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions

To complete their DofE, whether at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, participants are expected to complete an unaccompanied expedition, where a group operates independently of leaders (although supervised remotely by them). In order to safely and successfully complete this, a thorough programme of training is needed, including practice expeditions, until the participants are ready to operate unaccompanied.

This document covers:-

  • Safety Management of DofE Expeditions
    • DofE
    • Licensed Organisation
    • DofE Centre
    • The Employer
    • Assessor
    • Approved Activity Provider (AAP)
  • DofE and Adventure Activity Licensing
  • DofE Expeditions Overseas.

7.1k Unaccompanied Expeditions

Any organisation or establishment considering offering young people the opportunity of completing unaccompanied expeditions should ensure that it understands the commitment in terms of staffing levels and staff competence that this requires. A comprehensive programme of staff training is likely to be necessary. However, the rewards, both for the participants and the staff, can be tremendous.

This document covers:-

  • Using External Providers
  • Adventure Activity Licensing
  • Training, Planning and Preparation
  • Supervision During Expeditions
  • Methods of Remote Supervision
  • Roles and Responsibilities during Expeditions
    • Expedition Supervisor
    • Group Supervisor
    • Assistant Leader, Helper
  • Leader Competence
    • Training
    • First Aid
    • Camping Stoves
    • Group Supervisor Leadership Qualifications
  • Staff Ratios for Unaccompanied Expeditions.

The downloads also contains direct links a variety of other supporting OEAP National Guidance documents.


Download OEAP National Guidance document 7.1b Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions »

Download OEAP National Guidance document 7.1k Unaccompanied Expeditions »

An introduction to OEAP National Guidance »

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