Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Training & Qualifying Expeditions open to all Gold 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

Gold DofE Training

Participants are required to complete the compulsory expedition training at Gold 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 or Silver levels and includes the topics outlined in the Gold Expedition Training Framework, including an instructor led navigation day in appropriate terrain.

We deliver a comprehensive training programme for the Gold Expedition section that ensures each participant has the required skills, knowledge and confidence, 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 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!

Gold DofE 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 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.

Natioanl DofE Bronze Training

Gold 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 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.

Gold DofE

Costs (inclusive of VAT)

Your payment covers the cost of administration, bunk house 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 & Practice Expedition

£310

Practice or Qualifying Expedition

£235

Training, Practice & Qualifying Expedition

£525

Please Note

‘The Black Mountain’ and ‘The Black Mountains' areas of Brecon Beacons National Park are two distinctly separate regions of the National Park, approximately 50km apart, therefore, this meets the requirements of the DofE Expedition section for the practice and qualifying expeditions to be undertaken in different areas.

Gold DofE

Combined Training & Practice Expedition

Practice or Qualifying Expedition

Combined Training & Practice Expedition

18th/23rd April

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & practice Expedition

29th May / 3rd June

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & practice Expedition

10th/15th July

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award training & practice Expedition

Practice or Qualifying Expedition

19th/23rd April

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice or qualifying expedition

30th May / 3rd June

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice or qualifying expedition

11th/15th July

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountain area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice or qualifying expedition

17th/21st July

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountains area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice or qualifying expedition

22nd/26th August

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountains area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice or qualifying expedition

23rd/27th August

Brecon Beacons – Black Mountains area

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice or qualifying expedition

ALL REMAINING 2022 GOLD EXPEDITIONS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED. 2023 DATES WILL BE ADVERTISED SHORTLY

Before applying, please download and read our Open Gold DofE Terms & Conditions

Until 31st October 2023, under the 'DofEWithADifference' flexibilities, Silver participants who progress to Gold will be able to use their Gold practice expedition as their qualifying expedition at Silver. This expedition must meet the requirements of the Silver qualifying expedition (three days and two nights). In addition, participants wishing to do a combined Gold/Silver expedition must meet the age requirements of the higher level (they must be at least 16 years old) and they must be enrolled at Gold.