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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 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February 2022.  


Friday 11th February - Kings Norton Boys School - Period 5 to 4:30pm

This is where we will start the training activities looking at map skills, route planning and navigation.

Saturday 12th February – Kings Norton Boys School – 8.30am to 5pm

We will spend the day at school completing the D of E expedition training framework for their expedition section.  This will include expedition clothing, equipment & ruck sack packing, map & navigation skills, emergency procedures, camp craft, food & cooking, route planning and first aid.

Sunday 13th February – 8.30am to 3pm

Students will need to meet outside Kind Edwards Five Ways School, Scotland Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 4BT at 8.30am and students will need to be collected from Clent Hills Visitor Centre, Nimmings Wood Car Park, B62 0NL at 3pm.

Sunday will be used to put all the navigation skills and training into practice. We will spend the day walking and navigating, getting ready for the qualifying expedition. Students are required to make their own travel arrangements there and back. However, we do have a very limited number of seats available on the school mini bus if transport isn’t available, please email me to arrange.


Students will need to bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks for each day of the training weekend. Students will not be allowed off site on Saturday nor will there be anywhere to buy food on Sunday.



Training will take place indoors. Students will be given a D of E workbook so please bring along a pen and paper to record your training.


Training will take place inside and outside, irrelevant of the weather. Warm clothes and waterproofs are essential along with good footwear. Please bring along a pen and paper to record your training in your log books.


Students will be walking and navigating outside irrelevant of the weather so warm clothes, jumpers, activate trousers (no jeans) and water proofs are essential along with a small day sack to carry their lunch, drinks and snacks for the days walk and any extra items they may need.

All specialist equipment will be provided by the school for the training weekend and explained to students by staff. Equipment such as tents, maps, compasses, stoves & fuel can be hired from the school for their main expeditions. This will be explained to students on the training weekend and a letter will be sent to parents with details about the qualifying expedition.

Emergency contact

In the event of an emergency, please ring the outdoor education mobile 07731558262 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 the medical consent form linked below

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