Our Gold expedition training, practice, and qualifying expeditions are open to ALL Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold level participants from any DofE Group and organisation.
EXPEDITION TRAINING ONLY
2nd – 4th April
26th – 28th May
4th – 6th August
PRACTICE OR QUALIFYING EXPEDITION
8th – 12th July (Brecon Beacons – Eastern area)
22nd – 26th July (Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain/Western area
29th July – 2nd August (Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain/Western area)
28th August – 1st September (Brecon Beacons – Eastern area)
We deliver a comprehensive training programme for the Gold Expedition section that ensures each participant has the required skills, knowledge and attitude, to complete their practice and qualifying expeditions in a safe and enjoyable manner, which also helps to promote a positive experience whilst undertaking this aspect of their Gold DofE Programme. We do not compromise safety, or the importance of the training topics that are required to be completed as part of the Expedition section, hence the longer training period than that delivered by some other providers. These are indicated in the Gold Expedition Training Framework, DofE Expedition Guide, and The Handbook for DofE Leaders, and is in keeping with the ethos and spirit of the DofE.
Download the Gold Expedition Training Framework
The area of the Long Mynd in Shropshire is the venue for the training, and it is run by a team of qualified and experienced instructors, all of whom have sound knowledge of DofE expeditions. It includes the opportunity for participants to undertake the Expedition Training Framework at Gold level, with emphasis on additional navigation techniques, enabling participants to develop confidence at navigating, and other aspects required to successfully complete practice and qualifying expeditions. The training is ideal for both ‘direct entrants’, participants who have completed either Bronze or Silver levels, or participants who require a ‘refresher’ prior to undertaking an expedition. Training is a combination of classroom and outdoor based learning. The base is at ‘Longmynd Adventure Camp‘, a fully equipped campsite & centre, with easy walking access onto the Long Mynd.
Our practice expeditions are open to individuals or any number of participants from a DofE Group, and you do not have to have completed the Gold expedition training with us! They also offer participants who are unable to form a team within their DofE Centre, the opportunity to complete the practice element of the Expedition section. The expeditions are run by a team of experienced and qualified supervisors, all of whom have sound knowledge of the DofE. Route planning and pre-expedition checks take place the day before the start of your expedition, which also allows for the required ‘acclimatisation’ period.
“Finally recovered and unpacked after an amazing week in the Brecon Beacons. Thank you to everybody who was a part of the week and helped make it such a fantastic and enjoyable time. The assessors and supervisors were exceptional, and without them it wouldn’t have been such a amazing experience. 😀 Thank you all!!”
Our qualifying expeditions are open to individuals or any number of participants from a DofE Group, and you do not have to have completed the Gold expedition training, or practice expeditions with us! They also offer participants who are unable to form a team within their DofE Centre, the opportunity to complete the Expedition section. The expeditions are run by a team of experienced and qualified supervisors, all of whom have sound knowledge of the DofE. Route planning and pre-expedition checks take place the day before the start of your expedition, which also allows for the required ‘acclimatisation’ period.
““Hi Dave. Just wanted to say a huge thank you . As you know, I’ve done my Gold training, Practice and Qualifier with CTS and it’s been a great experience from start to finish. Lots of support and plenty of fun and laughter too, which gets you through the challenge. Best of luck with future CTS activities.”
Route planning and pre-expedition checks will take place indoors (at the one of the centres indicated below), during the compulsory acclimatisation period the day before the start of your expedition. Sleeping is in dormitories, allowing participants to keep their own lightweight tents dry and ready for the expedition. An evening meal and a pre-expedition ‘hearty’ breakfast is also provided!
Brecon Beacons (Eastern area) – Brecon Bunkhouse
Brecon Beacons (Black Mountain/Western area) – Glyntawe Outdoor Centre
“Hi Dave. Thanks for all you did for us and all the other assessors on our Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had, and I never knew Duke of Edinburgh could be so much fun.”
The cost of the training (2.5 days) is £85 per participant. Your payment covers all aspects of the training programme, and campsite fees.
The cost of the practice or qualifying expedition (5 days), per participant, is £225. Your payment covers the cost of administration, safety supervision, indoor accommodation and evening meal for the first night, breakfast prior to your expedition, and campsite fees. As a team, you must bring your own food with you for the duration of the expedition, and organise your own transport to the venue.
If you register for all three aspects of the ‘open’ Gold expedition programme (training, practice & qualifying expeditions – 12.5 days), the total cost is reduced to £495 per participant.
If you are registering for all three aspects of the ‘open’ Gold expedition programme, your practice and qualifying expeditions must be in different areas to meet the DofE Expedition section requirements, i.e. if your practice expedition is in the Black Mountain (Western area) of the Brecon Beacons National Park, your qualifying expedition must be in the Eastern area of the Brecon Beacons National Park or vice versa.
We contact all participants approximately two weeks prior to the expedition they have registered upon, with contact details of their Expedition Team, allowing for introductions to take place and make arrangements for menu’s, group equipment, etc. A full information pack and comprehensive ‘Participants Notes’ will also be included.
TRAINING ONLY: Participants are expected to arrange their own transportation to the venue, however, in certain circumstances, we may be able to transport a limited number of passengers from Church Stretton Railway Station on the first evening of the ‘open’ training to take participants to the base camp, as well as transportation back to the station after the training.
Download the ‘open’ expedition Equipment List.
Certain items of expedition equipment can be hired from us. Please see the Equipment Hire List further information and cost.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our DofE Expedition opportunities.