Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Training & Qualifying Expeditions open to all Bronze DofE level participants.

Why Choose Chase for your Expeditions?

We are recognised as one of the leading DofE Approved Activity Provider's (AAP) for expeditions in the UK, known for delivering high quality, memorable and affordable expeditions across all levels of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and have over 40 years experience, successfully supporting tens of 1000’s of young people through their expedition training, practice and qualifying expeditions. Therefore, we have a ‘second-to-none’ knowledge and understanding of the Expedition section, the wider DofE programme, and its delivery in a range of settings.

We have an outstanding reputation for safety, ‘best practice’ and keeping within the values, ethos and spirit of the DofE, embracing an ‘open and accessible to all’ policy.

We are able to offer fun, memorable, challenging and valuable experiences, which meet both the aim and benefits of the Expedition section and the wider DofE programme, and are open to all DofE participants from any background, DofE centre, group or organisation.

We have an excellent reputation with the DofE Head Office, DofE Regional Office’s, DofE Licenced Organisations, National Operating Authorities, Directly Licenced Centres, independent schools, local councils and organisations, for delivering the Expedition section to the highest standards and who regularly use us as their ‘preferred provider’ as well as recommending and booking participants onto our popular ‘open’ expeditions.

We are proud of the many positive comments and endorsements we receive, following the purposeful engagement and support we give to young people during our DofE expedition programmes - Testimonials

Bronze DofE Training

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

We deliver a comprehensive training programme for the Bronze Expedition section that ensures each participant has the required skills, knowledge and confidence, to complete their qualifying expedition in a safe and enjoyable manner, which also helps to promote a positive experience whilst undertaking this aspect of their Bronze 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 Bronze Expedition Training Framework, DofE Expedition Guide and The Handbook for DofE Leaders and is in keeping with the values, ethos and spirit of the DofE. The Expedition Training Framework states ‘The training plan for a DofE team should be a progressive process with skills being acquired on training sessions and then practised in the outdoor environment until participants are capable of carrying out the skills without support or adult intervention.’ This cannot be effectively achieved in one day!

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 entire Expedition Training Framework at Bronze 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 a qualifying expedition. Training is a combination of classroom and outdoor based learning.

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 Bronze expedition training 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.

Natioanl DofE Bronze Training

Costs (inclusive of VAT)

Training Only

£95 

Your payment covers all aspects of the training programme, including indoor accommodation and food. 1 navigation day walking with an instructor, followed by 1-day of training at base.

Qualifying Expedition

£135
Your payment covers the cost of administration, indoor accommodation and food whilst at base, 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.

Training & Qualifying

£195
Your payment covers the cost of administration, indoor accommodation and food whilst at base, 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.

Important notice

At Bronze level, you will need to complete training, followed by a 2-day, 1 night Qualifying expedition. There is no longer a requirement for a practice expedition, as long as the training is sufficient and the young person feels confident in the outdoors. We are responsible for ensuring all participants attending our expeditions are adequately trained and safe to complete a remotely supervised qualifying expedition.

If you complete training with a school or other organisation, we will need acknowledgement/evidence that this has been completed. The training MUST have included an instructor led navigation training day.

Training Only

2 Days

11th/12th April

Surrey Hills

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training

30th/31st May

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training

1st/2nd August

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training

24th/25th October

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training

Qualifying Expedition

2 Days

12th/14th April

Surrey Hills

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Qualifying Expedition

31st May/ 2nd June

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Qualifying Expedition

2nd/4th August

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Qualifying Expedition

25th/27th October

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award Qualifying Expedition

Combined

Training & Qualifying Expedition

11th/14th April

Surrey Hills

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & Qualifying Expedition

30th May/ 2nd June

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & Qualifying Expedition

1st/4th August

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & Qualifying Expedition

24th/27th October

Shropshire

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & Qualifying Expedition