Testimonials from our DofE Expeditions

Just a few of the many ‘thank you’ emails we receive!

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“The programme that I observed for Abbey Hill School was extremely well organised and sensitively run, taking into account the particular needs of the young men on their practice expedition. There was evidence that the training sessions had been effective as they were all well organised.  The staff working on this particular expedition were totally sympathetic with the needs of the team, and I fully expect that there would be a successful outcome. The teacher who had accompanied the team spoke very highly of the service provided by CTS. I would have no problem in recommending CTS as an AAP. The expedition was well run and well supported.”
– Extract from our AAP Report following a ‘Review Visit’ undertaken by DofE Head Office

“Good afternoon Dave. I would like to pass on how impressed I have been with your expedition staff from Chase Training Solutions. Wendy, Perry, Tony and Joe were phenomenal this weekend. All the Cardinal Wiseman staff were so impressed with their professionalism, how they were with our students and their manner with young people. Absolutely wonderful, so thank you so much and it would be great to pass on this praise to your staff too. I would love to request to see the same staff on our assessment expedition in September if that is possible.”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

“Hi. I have just checked Oliver’s DofE account and was delighted to see all the elements of the award that he did with you are signed off. Thank you so much for everything that you did for Oliver. I would especially like to thank Ben for his kind words that appear as evidence. I honestly can’t thank you enough for everything that you did.”
– Parent of a Gold Participant

“I have had the most wonderful experience with CTS and have recommended your company to many other school contacts. Our qualifying expedition in September with Wendy, Gary, Joe and Peter was such a wonderful weekend in a stunning setting. Again without the experience, patience, compassion and dedication of your staff we would not be able to offer our students this program, so I cannot thank you and these four enough. Wendy is a fearless leader and respected by the students. In fact the groups were coming to me asking to have Wendy as their groups’ leader, she even had the honour of a group named in her honour ‘Wendy’s Angels’. Gary is always a charismatic leader, with a solution for every problem, his professionalism is outstanding. The students were well organised before they set off and were confident that if anything went wrong, Gaz would be there to save the day. Joe was seen bounding after students, and always puts his groups’ needs first. His group was well prepped and made to feel confident and ready for the challenge. Peter is incredibly knowledgeable. His group knew their route inside out and, although they faced challenging terrain, were aware of every challenge they faced en route. Peter also provided outstanding feedback and reflections.”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

“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! Previously he has felt the weakest member of the team, with other team members setting a pace he struggled to maintain. There had also been commandeering of the map reading, so Tom felt he was useless and couldn’t do it. What a different young man came home yesterday ! Tom said he’d enjoyed doing some of the map reading and didn’t have  any difficulty keeping up with the group – even leading at times. He felt well prepared with the planning on Sunday and found the time getting to know the other team members a great benefit to team building. The terrain was a new area for Tom to explore and this added to his enjoyment. He is looking to start Gold when he is 16 in April and would be interested in joining one of your expeditions again. Many thanks.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi Dave. On behalf of all of Team Delta, thank you so much for running such a good expedition last week. We were blessed with great weather which was perfect for hiking but, even when the conditions are in our favour, we all need that little boost which your team provided brilliantly, so a big thank you to them too. We all had a brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I personally loved how personable but professional you and your team were.”
– Gold Participant

“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.”
– Gold Participant

“I feel this email is a little overdue to thank you so sincerely for helping Milo to complete his practice. He had the most wonderful time! It was unexpected that he would get so very much out of the experience, but he arrived home with only positive feedback. He loved the training, he loved his team, and we thought how wonderful that young people from different areas and backgrounds could bond so fantastically and enjoy each other’s company. He also felt a brilliant sense of achievement which for us, his parents, was something to see, especially after the negativity of “failing” his school practice. Over the years with my three children I have seen them return from lots of trips and outings and I can honestly say that Milo’s response to his time with you was the happiest, most enthusiastic I have ever seen. Thank you for giving him a wonderful experience to remember and, even more, for helping him along the way with his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. With best wishes and, again, thank you.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Dave, hi. I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for providing such a positive experience for Conor last week. Despite finding the hike very tough, he made lots of new friends and came back full of praise for your team with a number of funny stories to tell and feeling very proud of getting through the week. This is the first time Conor has done anything like this and he and I were pretty nervous about it. I need not have worried. For a boy that normally says very little, he didn’t stop talking about all the things he had done, all the new things he had learnt, the friends he had made, and many stories of animal encounters! I think you and your team really helped make his experience the success it was, including the marvellous food that was provided, especially the roast!! Many Thanks.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Finally recovered and unpacked after an amazing week in the Brecon Beacons. Thank you to everybody who was apart 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!!!”
– Gold Participant

“Hi Dave and Ben – we all just wanted to say a big thank you to both of you, and all the staff at CTS, for working so hard and so well with our learners on all the expeditions this year. As always you are both professional, great with the learners, and have a great sense of humour, and are easy to get along with. We really do look forward to working with you next year, and it’s a part of the curriculum that I and many of the staff and learners look forward to. Have a great summer both of you from all of us at Abbey Hill.”
– DofE Manager (Special Needs School)

“Hi Dave. I just wanted to thank you and Ben for our 2-day DofE training. The students, although quite tired today, were ‘buzzing’ about their time away and everything they’ve learnt. It was a fantastic opportunity for them and one I feel will be remembered for many years to come. They’ve been telling everyone how good it was and how much they enjoyed themselves. Thanks again for an amazing experience! It was lovely meeting you both, especially as you worked really well with our students. We look forward to the next stage in the student’s adventure!!”
– DofE Manager (Special Needs School)

“Hi Dave. I wanted to express my sincere thanks for your efforts in providing Josh with an exceptional Duke of Edinburgh’s Award experience during his bronze qualifying expedition. Josh has found the experience very rewarding and has enjoyed every minute with hi team members and all the staff members at CTS. The highlight of his trip was hiking and navigation with his team and also the water balloon fight. I was always hesitant to send Josh anywhere on his own without people he knew, however he has returned with some new friends and some great new experiences, which I am certain he will remember for life. After such and amazing time, I am glad to mention that Josh wishes to continue with the award and aims to complete his Silver qualification. Thank you and Regards.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Hi Dave. Just a quick note to say thank you to you and the team for your training, guidance and supervision for this year’s Open Gold expedition. Our young people really appreciated the support from your team and actually almost enjoyed themselves – at least on the last day! I’m sure we’ll be using Chase Training Solutions again and will certainly recommend you.”
– DofE Leader (Uniformed Youth Organisation)

“I would like to thank you and your team. Dylan has come away from this experience with more self confidence in his own abilities and has really enjoyed his expeditions this year with you. Thank you.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi Dave. As a parent I’d like to thank you for the smooth organisation of the Silver. Jess was tired, of course, but ‘buzzing’ on the drive home. I think it’s more than likely that she will go ahead and complete the qualifying expedition with you, so we’ll get online and book that as soon as we know for certain. Many thanks.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“I’m delighted to let you know that Jack completed this last week with Dave Mayo at Chase Training Solutions on their Worcestershire walk. We booked very last minute but they were extremely accommodating and Jack thoroughly enjoyed himself. If anyone asks for a summer expedition in the area again, I couldn’t recommend them enough. In fact, Jack wants to do his Silver walk with them next year!”
– DofE Manager (County Council)

“Dear Dave. I thought the team that you sent were excellent. Ann & Chris in particular were extremely diligent and professional at all times. They totally inspired the girls with their enthusiasm and encouragement. They quickly gained my trust and it was obvious that they were a highly organised and efficient team. Matthew worked quietly with the two smaller groups and again knew their positions, regularly checking in promptly throughout the course of the expedition. It was a very positive experience and the team were first class! I believe we are working with Ann & Chris again on the Qualifier and I look forward to it with pleasure.”
– DofE Manager (Independent School)

“Hi Dave. I wanted to say thank you to you and the team, Geoff, Ben, Gaz, and Jason. Josh had a amazing learning experience. Josh said he had a lot of fun and he also made some really good friends. I would recommend you to anyone looking to complete their expeditions. Thank you for making it such a good wonderful experience for him and I am so very grateful. I would also like to book him for his qualifying expedition.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Just a quick email of thanks for your help with Andrews assessed expedition, and getting reports so promptly onto the DofE website. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone else looking for an open expedition to join.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Dear Dave. My apologies in the delay in sending this email to you. I wanted to thank you very much for the experience you provided Andrew back in both April and May for his Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He really had an amazing time and has kept in contact with his new friends he met at Chase Training Solutions. Andrew spoke very highly of all your team and said he learnt an enormous amount of useful skills, so thank you very much for all this. Thank you also for completing the assessors report with praise of Andrew. I have recommended you and your team to other parents at my sons school. Kind regards.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Evening Dave. I hope you have made it home after a busy weekend. Cracking weekend! The staff you put together for the weekend were really good – great content and delivered extremely well. Catch your breath and I’ll get some sleep (It was very cold last night!) and then maybe we can put some dates in the diary for route planning after school. Thanks again.”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

“Hi Dave, I just wanted to say thank you for the few days Diran attended between the 9th and 12th August. He said it was very well organised and really enjoyed his time there. He said the helpers were great and a lot of fun, and he did very well with his team to complete the walk. I know when we last spoke, I only booked the practice walk and not booked the qualifying expedition in October. But as Diran is happy with you and the team, we would like him to complete is qualifying expedition in October with you too. Please let us know what we need to do for this to go ahead.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Dear Dave. I just wanted to say thank you for the DofE Bronze expedition that Annabelle and Sophie recently attended. They were both very impressed with how things were organised and feel now that they have definitely earned their ‘pass’, not just due to the very cold weather conditions they endured but because everything was very much by the book. They also enjoyed making new friendships. They have both said that they would like to return in a year or two to complete their DofE Gold with you, rather than with the local DofE provider, which is high praise indeed, placing the quality of your course over their loyalty to school and friends. Thank you.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“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.”
– Silver Participant

“I Just wanted to send a slightly belated thank you to yourself and all the team from last week on my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Open Gold Expedition. I don’t know whether my mind is now blocking out the slightly low points(!) but from what I can remember now, I had a brilliant week. We are all so proud of ourselves but it couldn’t have been done without all your support, fab organisation and great food! I met some brilliant people who I’m sure I will keep in contact with and the week itself, I’ll always remember. Please pass on the thanks to all the ‘supervisors’ (: and once again thank you to yourself, who did make the week a very enjoyable experience. I will definitely be recommending you guys to anyone who asks!”
– Gold Participant

“Hello Dave. Thank you to you and the team for a very good Silver expedition this week. Conor was really positive – he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I was impressed to hear that the group dynamics worked even though they’d never met before. I would certainly recommend Chase Training Solutions to others.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi Dave. Thank you for a very well organised expedition. I know Ollie enjoyed the experience and even the challenging weather conditions! I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone. As parents we felt very at ease and knew they were in safe hands. Again many thanks.”
– Parent of a Gold Participant

”Thank you so much for all your help, care and support. Everyone was absolutely amazing, and I can’t thank you enough.”
– Gold Participant

“Sorry it’s taken a few days to contact you but I just wanted to thank you and your colleagues again for helping Angus to succeed in the Open Silver Qualifying Expedition last week. He was very tired and a bit subdued when we met at BNS last Saturday afternoon and has not said a great deal about what they all got up to last week. However, one of the other participants has kindly sent him through some photos of their adventures and I can see that he was thoroughly enjoying himself when they were taken. Such experiences are important to ALL young people, but for someone like Angus who faces major barriers to engaging in everyday teenage activities -they are even more significant. I am well aware of the time and effort that goes into the planning, organisation and delivery of this type of programme and would just like to say how much I value all the support that Angus received whilst in your collective care. All being well, he plans to register for the Gold Award shortly and i am quite sure he would not even be contemplating this if his experience with CTS had not been so positive. Many, many thanks indeed.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“I would like to say a massive thank you for making Kieran’s Practice Expedition with the Silver DofE Team a totally enjoyable experience for him. He is now looking forward to his Qualifying Expedition with yourself in October. Adam, who shared a tent with him, approached him about his Aspherger’s as he has a brother with the same condition and recognised the traits Kieran was showing, and it is the first time he has openly agreed to talk to someone about his condition. I have been totally overwhelmed at his attitude since he has come back and can only thank you for making him feel so comfortable. I was wondering if you could send me details of any residential courses that you run which Kieran could enrol in for his residential section of his Gold Award next year. He is particularly interested in the ‘Outward Bound’ courses, archery, climbing etc, as I am unsure whether you run individual schemes or whether it is for groups only. Once again, thank you so much for your continued help and assistance and look forward to putting Kieran back into your capable hands in October.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Another memorable experience for Kieran. Can’t express enough my gratitude to you and your team. He may have been cold, wet and muddy, but he’s positively buzzing. Massive thank you.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi Dave. Just a message to say thank you for supporting Jess through the Silver DofE. She does, quite rightly, have a real sense of achievement. We will be in touch when she’s ready to do the Gold. Kind Regards.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Dave & Ben. Thank you for forwarding this letter and even more for supporting Tom through his practice hike.  He thoroughly enjoyed his time with you and has just about caught up on his sleep!”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“That’s great news Dave! I’ll have great pleasure contacting the students today. They’ll be over the moon! They were so enthusiastic when they got back to college. They had two student meetings where they had 5 mins to talk about their experiences. We couldn’t shut them up! It was amazing. They were so proud of themselves. There’s definite proof that the DofE can change a person’s life! Kirsty’s father cannot believe how she’s changed and grown over such a short period. He was so pleased and thanked DofE profusely. Thanks again to you and your team! It was an amazing experience for all of us.”
– Teacher (Special Needs School)

“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.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Just a quick note to say how much Sarah has enjoyed DofE training experience. She has enjoyed meeting new people and the friendliness of the staff. She thinks you have the balance just right for the learning and the relaxation and is already looking forward to completing the next stage in her Bronze DofE.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Thanks for everything over the last 5 days. It topped my expectations on a crazy level! I would recommend it to anyone and my DofE expedition has given me so many memories and I’ve made a lot of new friends who I am determined to keep in contact with, both in my team and out! You have an awesome team as well so please pass my thanks onto them. You may even have to deal with me again if I decide to do Gold with you!!”
– Silver Participant

“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. Finally, thanks for the friendly hospitality shown to me when Jack arrived and departed.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Many thanks Dave. Izzy thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“We’re back from Dartmoor and in one piece. Gold was absolutely AMAZING! We didn’t get lost, or even misplaced, and the weather wasn’t too bad although my boots are still wet! The experience of the expedition and exploration, both on Brecon and Dartmoor was awesome. Just want to say thanks again to Dave, Ben, Wendy and David, and all the other supervisors and assessors who helped us along the way. Couldn’t have done it without you!”
– Gold participant

“Thanks Dave. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Boys’ Brigade and you have an excellent team. I greatly appreciated their efforts and hard work. So many thanks. All the best for future expeditions!”
– Gold participant

“Many thanks Dave. Danny thoroughly enjoyed the week, acquired new skills and rose to the challenge. Thanks to you and the whole team for the superb organisation.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Thanks Dave. Rachel is pleased with her achievement and relieved it’s now complete. Looking forward to signing up for her Gold. Thank you for organising this and making this possible.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi Dave, just wanted to say thanks again for having me on the open expedition and for all your help and support. I really enjoyed it and I’m so happy that you’ve given us the opportunity to complete our Gold Award. The qualifier was the last thing I had to do so I have now finished.”
– Gold Participant

“Hi Dave,. Thank you for everything last week, I had a great time. Hope to see you in a year or so time for my Gold award.”
– Silver Participant

“Hi Dave I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your support & encouragement. I’m really proud I did it with you. It’s been amazing. I’ll treasure this weeks memories forever and I’m so glad you were a part of them. All the best & we had cream tea before we left! God bless, from Amy xx”
– Gold Participant

“I never thought I could enjoy a 4 day hike as much as I did! I can honestly say it is the best expedition I have ever taken part in.”
– Gold Participant

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the expedition last week. I was really dreading it, as I had hated all my previous expeditions, but despite Wednesday’s weather, I absolutely loved it! It was really well organised and the staff were all wonderful.”
– Gold Participant

“Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all of the Duke of Ed team. I really enjoyed it last week- was the best Duke of Ed experience I’ve had. I found it daunting coming over from Northern Ireland not knowing anyone there but everyone was so friendly and made me feel right at home.”
– Gold Participant 

“Dear Dave and all the other leaders. Hi it’s Kimberley and I just wanted to thank you for making last week such an enjoyable experience! I never thought I would have enjoyed it as much as i did, and much of it is down to the fun we had with you all, making me laugh when I really did not feel like laughing sometimes! Everything was so well organised, and the food you gave us at the centre was lovely! I will definitely recommend you to others who want to do the award! Thank you again!”
– Gold Participant

“Hi Dave. Just wanted to say a huge thank you . As you know I’ve done my 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.”
– Gold Participant

“I will definitely be recommending you guys to anyone who asks!”
– Gold Participant

“Thank you to you and the team for organising such a good Gold expedition in the Brecon Beacons for my daughter – she had a great time despite the terrible weather and returned home less exhausted than I expected. She says that she doesn’t know if she will ever find such good team-mates again as, despite never having met before, they all worked really well together. Best wishes.”
– Parent of a Gold Participant

“I just wanted to let you know what a great experience it was for Johannes to do the practice expedition last week – thank you so much for organising it all!”
– Parent of a Gold Participant

“Hey Dave. I wanted to say thank you to you, Ben and Owen for the other week for helping me through my practice Gold expedition. It was a lot of fun and I made friends of whom I’m hoping to keep in contact with. I can definitely say I made some amazing memories and that I would recommend you to anyone looking to complete their expeditions. Thanks again.”
– Gold Participant

“I met some brilliant people who I’m sure I will keep in contact with and the week itself, I’ll always remember.”
– Gold Participant

“Hi Dave.  I just wanted to say thanks ever so much to you and your team for getting Lewis through his Silver qualifier this week. I really appreciate the organisation and support that your company have shown since Lewis’ first enquiry. I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Kind Regards.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi Dave. 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. Kind regards.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Dear Dave. I must ‘Thank You’ and your team so much for getting Holly and the girls through. Holly came back really happy and pleased with herself. She looked more confident and had good self-esteem compared to the first time they had tried. Holly and the others also enjoyed the whole experience in which you all helped so much to make it good for them. I feel that she will go on now to do Silver and fingers crossed Gold. Thank you again for taking care of them. I felt confident it would be good.”
– Parent of a Bronze Participant

“Thank you very much for everything – Anwen had a super experience and has not stopped talking about it all. Very best wishes to you and your Team.”
– Parent of a Silver Participant

“Hi. Just emailing to say that my team and I had a great time on our expedition and really enjoyed the whole week! Thank you very much for putting it all together.”
– Gold Participant