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 are one of the leading providers of DofE expeditions in the UK.
    • 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 values, 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.
    • As a leading provider of DofE expeditions in the UK, we have an excellent reputation among 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.
    • 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.”

ADVERTISED VENUES AND EXPEDITION PROGRAMMES MAY NEED TO BE CHANGED RESPONDING TO GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AND LEGISLATION FOR COVID-19 NEARER THE TIME OF THE EXPEDITION.

NEW FOR 2021

Worried that you cannot complete your DofE Silver Award? Want to complete your Expedition section this year, before exams? Just the Expedition section to complete?

Why not undertake your practice and qualifying expeditions in one week and move a step closer to completing your Silver Award?

We are offering the opportunity, under the #DofEWithADifference Expedition section flexibilities, for participants to complete their practice and qualifying expeditions with us during the October half-term holiday. DofE are allowing ‘back-to-back’ expeditions and the environment rules have also been relaxed, with the flexibilities to follow as issued by the DofE Head Office to AAP’s (Approved Expedition Providers) and are applicable until 31st December 2022:

Practice and qualifying expeditions can be back-to-back

  • We would expect that there is a clear definition between practice and qualifying expeditions
  • It is advisable that a period of reflection is facilitated between practice and qualifying expeditions

Environment rules have been relaxed

  • Expeditions can be held locally
  • Participants can return to areas they have previously used (however alternative routes should be used)
  • Expeditions can be completed in a ‘base camp’ style (e.g. participants can set off from and return to the same campsite each night)

Therefore, participants will be able to complete the Silver Expedition section within the following programme:

31st May – 6th June (FULL); 1st – 7th August (FULL) (SHROPSHIRE); 23rd – 29th October (SURREY HILLS) (FULL)

Online expedition training sessions undertaken prior to arrival.
Day 1 – Meet at Long Mynd Adventure Camp near Church Stretton (Shropshire) or, if October, Sayers Croft (Surrey Hills) and undertake practical navigation training; campcraft; route planning & pre-expedition check for practice expedition, including first night of practice expedition.
Days 2 & 3 – Practice expedition
Day 4 – Evaluation and review of practice expedition; route planning for qualifying expedition; rest & relaxation
Days 5, 6 & 7 – Qualifying expedition

Not completed the expedition training? We are also able to offer the compulsory expedition training for the Silver level, with ‘online’ training sessions, using Microsoft Teams, for the classroom-based topics (undertaken before the ‘open’ week), along with an instructor led navigation training walk on Day 1 of the ‘open’ expedition week, prior to meeting with the other members of your Expedition Team to undertake the route planning, etc. This is at no additional cost.

These expeditions are COVID-19 secure and we are maintaining ‘best practice’, following DofE requirements to meet the values, spirit and ethos of the DofE, ensuring participants achieve the aim and benefits of the Expedition section and get the most value from their experience 🙂

COST

£275.00 (inclusive of VAT)

Before applying, please download and read our Terms and Conditions: Open Silver Terms and Conditions

To apply for this opportunity, please only use this link: APPLY NOW

Open Silver ExpeditionEXPEDITION TRAINING ONLY (including online training sessions prior to arrival plus a navigation training day and other practical skills on the selected date)
2021
31st May (Shropshire area) (FULL)
1st August (Shropshire area) (FULL)
23rd October (Surrey Hills area) (FULL)

COMBINED EXPEDITION TRAINING & 2-DAY/2-NIGHT PRACTICE EXPEDITION (including online training sessions prior to arrival plus a navigation training day and other practical skills on the selected date)
2021
31st May – 2nd June (Shropshire) (FULL)
1st – 3rd August (Shropshire) (FULL)
23rd – 25th October (Surrey Hills) (FULL)

3-DAY PRACTICE OR QUALIFYING EXPEDITION
2021
3rd – 6th June (Shropshire) (FULL)
4th – 7th August (Shropshire) (FULL)
26th – 29th October (Surrey Hills area) (FULL)

All our planned practice expeditions meet the following #DofEWithADifference variation to the Expedition section (Until 31st December 2022)

Bronze participants who progress to Silver will be able to use their Silver practice expedition as their qualifying expedition at Bronze, enabling them to achieve both their Bronze and Silver Awards. This expedition must meet the minimum requirements of the Silver practice expedition (two days and two nights). Participants wishing to do a combined Silver/Bronze expedition must meet the age requirements of the higher level (they must be in the year group in which their peers turn 15) and they must be enrolled at Silver.

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 is in addition to any previous training undertaken at Bronze level and includes the topics outlined in the Silver 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.”

PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE COVID-19 SITUATION, THE DETAILS BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ORDER FOR US TO RESPOND SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY TO GOVERNEMENT GUIDELINES AND THE DofE’s ADVICE REGARDING EXPEDITIONS.

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,

“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.

“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 £75.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant. Your payment covers all aspects of the training programme.

The cost of the combined expedition training and 2-day/2-night practice expedition programme is £210.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant. 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.

The cost of the combined expedition training and 3-day/2-night practice expedition programme is £240.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant. 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.

The cost of a 3-day practice or qualifying expedition programme is £165.00 (inclusive of VAT) per participant. 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 (combined expedition training and practice expedition; plus a qualifying expedition at a later date), the total cost is reduced to £350.00 (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 Shropshire-based ‘open’ expeditions 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

Before applying, please download and read our Terms and Conditions: Open Silver Terms and Conditions

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