Open Silver Expeditions

Our Silver expedition training, practice and qualifying expeditions are open to ALL Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Silver level participants from any DofE Group and organisation.

Why choose CTS for your expedition?

    • We have over 40 years’ experience of organising and running high quality, affordable DofE expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, both in the UK and overseas, successfully supporting tens of 1000’s of young people through their expedition training, practice and qualifying expeditions.
    • We have an outstanding reputation for safety, ‘best practice’ and keeping within the ethos and spirit of the DofE, with no compromises!
    • We are able to offer memorable, challenging and beneficial experiences, which are open to all DofE participants from any background, DofE Group and organisation.
    • All our instructors are handpicked, not just because of the qualifications they hold, but also because of their knowledge of, and safe practice within the DofE Expedition section and the wider DofE Programme; their enthusiasm and motivation; their commitment to ‘best practice’; and their ability to empower, inspire, encourage and engage with young people at all levels.
    • We have an excellent reputation amongst DofE Licenced Organisation’s, National Operating Authorities, Directly Licenced Centre’s, schools, local councils and organisations from across the UK, who regularly use us as the ‘preferred provider’ for the delivery of the Expedition section and who also recommend and book participants onto our ‘open’ expeditions.
    • You will have FUN 😊

“My son, Jack, completed his DofE Silver Expedition on your course recently. I would like to thank you, and all the Chase Training Solutions staff involved, for the excellent work you do. My son had a thoroughly good time testing his abilities away from the usual routines, with a group of new people in an unfamiliar location. The experience has provided a great benefit to his development. I was very impressed with the high standard of your whole organisation and we would not hesitate to come to you again in the future.”

The base we use is the ‘Long Mynd Adventure Camp‘ a fully equipped campsite & activity centre, with indoor accommodation and direct walking access onto the Long Mynd and Shropshire countryside.
Open Silver ExpeditionEXPEDITION TRAINING ONLY
2019
15th – 16th April
27th – 28th May
3rd – 4th August
28th – 29th October

 

COMBINED EXPEDITION TRAINING & PRACTICE EXPEDITION
2019
15th – 20th April
27th May – 1st June
3rd – 8th August
28th October – 2nd November

*PRACTICE OR QUALIFYING EXPEDITION
2019
16th – 20th April
28th May – 1st June
4th – 8th August
29th October – 2nd November

*Download an example Open Silver Expedition Programme

Training
Participants are required to complete the compulsory expedition training at Silver level, to be signed off as competent to safely undertake their practice and qualifying expeditions.  This includes the topics outlined in the Expedition Training Framework.

Download the Silver Expedition Training Framework

We deliver a comprehensive training programme for the Silver Expedition section that ensures each participantDofE Open Silver Expeditions 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 Silver 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 Silver Expedition Training Framework, DofE Expedition Guide and The Handbook for DofE Leaders and is in keeping with the ethos and spirit of the DofE.

The training is run by a team of qualified and experienced instructors, all of whom have sound knowledge of DofE expeditions and includes the opportunity for participants to undertake the Expedition Training Framework at Silver level, with emphasis on navigation techniques, that enables participants to develop greater confidence at navigating, as well as the other aspects required to successfully complete practice and qualifying expeditions. Training is a combination of classroom and outdoor based learning.

“Just wanted to say thank you so much to you and your team for the amazing week I had last week on the DofE open expedition. I was so nervous at the start of the week, not knowing how I was going to fit in with people I didn’t know but I felt so welcome. Everything was so well organised and there was a lovely, friendly atmosphere. The experience was as good, if not better than doing it with school. I’m so happy I’ve completed Silver and my blisters have almost healed. I have made some brilliant friends during my experience and hope we will keep in touch. Thank you again.”

Practice Expedition
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 Silver 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 will take place indoors, the day before the start of your expedition, whilst sleeping is in dormitories, before and after the expedition. Once you have completed your expedition, we have a celebratory meal on the evening; then the following day, with your Expedition Team, you prepare and deliver a presentation, allowing us to ‘sign off’ your practice expedition! During this time, we’ll also give you additional feedback to help you prepare for your qualifying expedition.

“We would like to thank you and your team for looking after my daughter. The whole event was so well organised. She enjoyed all aspects of her stay and expedition. We will obviously call you first when she is ready to do her Gold award expedition. Thank you all once again for giving her a great time and lovely memories.”

Qualifying Expedition
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 Silver 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 will take place indoors, the day before the start of your expedition, whilst sleeping is in dormitories before and after the expedition. Once you have completed your expedition, we have a celebratory meal on the evening; then the following day, with your Expedition Team, you prepare and deliver a presentation, allowing us to fully ‘sign off’ your qualifying expedition!

“Dear Dave, Ben, Gaz and the team. Thank you for guiding and supporting Tom through his Silver Expedition! He has clearly had the best  expedition experience with you, over of any of his earlier ones!”

Cost
The cost of the training is £66.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant. Your payment covers all aspects of the training programme, indoor accommodation and food.

The cost of the practice or qualifying expedition programme (5 days) is £165.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant, per expedition. Your payment covers the cost of administration, food whilst at base camp, safety supervision, 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’ Silver expedition programme (training, practice & qualifying expeditions), the total cost is reduced to £360.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant.

“My Son had a great time. Thank you everyone for making Josh’s training and expedition so much Fun. I can’t believe he started with Bronze, and now Silver, and now he wants to complete his Gold with Chase Training Solutions. I am always relaxed when he is at CTS. I know he is looked after and safe. Absolutely Brilliant staff. Ben was amazing as usual, Josh is full of praises mentioning how supportive Ben was. Thank you Ben and Dave for looking after my son. See you for Gold. Regards.”

Other Details
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.

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 day of the ‘open’ week to take participants to the base camp, as well as transportation back to the station after the expedition.

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.

Testimonials from our DofE Expeditions

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