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The Duke of Edinburgh Award – Expedition Training Details

Dear Parents & Students, 

Please find below details for the D of E Expedition training weekend which will be held on Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March 2023.  


Friday 10th March – We will meet in the hall at 3.05pm to recap the equipment needed for the weekend. You will not be required to bring anything to this session. We should be finished around 3.30pm ready for you to pack for the following day.

Saturday 11th March – Kings Norton Boys School – 9.45am start.

We will spend the day at school completing the D of E expedition training framework for your expedition section. This will include map & navigation skills, route planning, emergency procedures, camp craft, food & cooking, and first aid. We will be putting this all into practice and camping overnight on the school field on the Saturday night. You will be expected to bring all the necessary equipment required for your expedition in a rucksack for this training. As part of this equipment, you will be expected to bring a sleeping bag, roll mat, change of clothes and food to cook for dinner and breakfast. Please use the equipment list found in the booklet from our first training session to help you.

Sunday 12th March - Finish approximately 3.30pm at Clent Hills Visitor Centre, Nimmings Wood Car Park, B62 0NL

We will wake up at school on the Sunday morning and cook our breakfast on the school field. After this we will pack up our tents and equipment and will put our navigation and Saturday’s training into practice. We will spend the day walking and navigating, getting ready for the final expedition. Anything you bring to school will need to be taken with you in your rucksack. Mr Julian will be taking you in the school minibus to your starting point, but you will need to make your own way home. We will aim to finish the walk around 3.30pm, however, this may vary. We would recommend you have a way to contact home to let them know when you have finished. We do have a very limited number of seats available on the school minibus back if transport is not available, but please email me to arrange.


You will need to bring a packed lunch, snacks, and drinks for each day of the training weekend. You will also need to bring food to cook on the Trangia for their dinner Saturday evening and food to cook for breakfast on Sunday morning. You will not be allowed off site on Saturday nor will there be anywhere to buy food on Sunday.



Training will take place inside and outside, irrelevant of the weather. Warm clothes and waterproofs are essential along with good footwear. You will be given a D of E workbook so please bring along a pen and paper to record your training.


You will be walking and navigating outside irrelevant of the weather so warm clothes, jumpers, activate trousers (no jeans) and waterproofs are essential. You will need to carry all your equipment in a rucksack along with your lunch, drinks, and snacks for the days walk.

All specialist equipment will be provided by the school for the training weekend and explained to you by staff. Equipment such as tents, maps, compasses, stoves & fuel will be provided by the school. Please use the equipment list found in the booklet from our first training session to help ensure you have all the equipment required.

Emergency contact

In the event of an emergency, please ring the outdoor education mobile 07759929583 and leave a message. Someone will ring you back as soon as possible. 

To take part in the training weekend, please fill out and submit a medical consent form

If you have any questions about the training course or the expeditions, then don’t hesitate to email me.

Kind Regards

Mr B Julian

Head of Outdoor Education - D of E Manger