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The Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh Award

Silver Expediion Details

May 2021

Dear Parents & Students, 

Please find below details for the D of E Expedition programme which will be held in June 2021 for year 11 students after their assessments.

Tuesday 8th June – Training Day

We will spend the day at school completing the D of E expedition training framework for the 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.

Students are to meet at the Outdoor Education room (D1.6) at 8:50am and will finish around 3:00p

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

Students will have lunch at normal their normal time so they can use the canteen facilities or bring a packed lunch.

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th June – Practice walk

Due to covid-19 and following DofE and government advice, there will be no overnight camping.

This will mean the practice walk will consist of a full day of walking, then returning home to sleep and then another days walk.

Students are still required to carry the equipment they would of if they were on a two-day expedition and will be required to cook a hot lunch each day. This will be explained to students more on their training day.  

Area

The practice walk will take place around the Blackwell/Bromsgrove area. The route will be planed on their training day.

Transport

During the practice walks, students will meet at school and will be transported to their start points ready for their walk. Once completed their days walk, they will be returned to school via the school minibus. Drop off and pick up times will be arranged and communicated closer to the time.

Food

In accordance with the DofE Expedition Conditions, students will need to cook and eat a substantial meal each day. This will be their lunch and they will be required to demonstrate their ability to use a stove safely. As they are required to be self-sufficient, this food must be present at the beginning of their expedition and must be carried.  They should have no need to go into shops during their expedition.

Please ensure they have sufficient ‘Emergency Rations’, as indicated in the following statement taken from the DofE Expedition Guide – ‘Every participant needs emergency rations. 

It does not have to be much, but it is an essential part of participants thinking about risk management and preparing for their expedition.  A good ration pack should include a favourite high energy snack (Snickers and Mars bars work well or, in hot weather, Kendal Mint Cake), sweets (such as Haribo, wine gums, fruit pastilles, raw jelly cubes etc.), energy drink powder/hot chocolate sachets and a substantial filling snack like a flapjack.  Keep it all in a waterproof bag or container.’  Failure to observe this instruction may result in your non-participation of the expedition.

Equipment

Included is a kit list for each student along with team kit that needs to be carried despite them not staying overnight. I have highlighted (#) items that school will provide if they don’t have their own. Equipment will be handed out on the training day.

Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th June – Qualifying walk

Due to covid-19 and following DofE and government advice, there will be no overnight camping.

This will mean the qualifying walk will consist of three, full days of walking returning home each night to sleep.

Students are still required to carry the equipment they would of if they were on a three-day expedition and will be required to cook a hot lunch each day. This will be explained to students more on their training day. 

Area

The qualifying walk will take place around the Bromsgrove/Upton Warren area. The route will be planned on their training day.

Transport

During the qualifying walks, students will meet at school each morning and will be transported to their start points ready for their days walk. Once completed their days walk, they will be returned to school via the school minibus. Drop off and pick up times will be arranged and communicated closer to the time.

Food

In accordance with the DofE Expedition Conditions, students will need to cook and eat a substantial meal each day. This will be their lunch and they will be required to demonstrate their ability to use a stove safely. As they are required to be self-sufficient, this food must be present at the beginning of their expedition and must be carried.  They should have no need to go into shops during their expedition.

Please ensure they have sufficient ‘Emergency Rations’, as indicated in the following statement taken from the DofE Expedition Guide – ‘Every participant needs emergency rations. 

It does not have to be much, but it is an essential part of participants thinking about risk management and preparing for their expedition.  A good ration pack should include a favourite high energy snack (Snickers and Mars bars work well or, in hot weather, Kendal Mint Cake), sweets (such as Haribo, wine gums, fruit pastilles, raw jelly cubes etc.), energy drink powder/hot chocolate sachets and a substantial filling snack like a flapjack.  Keep it all in a waterproof bag or container.’  Failure to observe this instruction may result in your non-participation of the expedition.

Equipment

Included is a kit list for each student along with team kit that needs to be carried despite them not staying overnight. I have highlighted (#) items that school will provide if they don’t have their own. Equipment will be handed out on the training day.

Expedition Aim

In accordance with the DofE qualifying expedition conditions, every expedition must have a clearly defined aim. This should relate to the interests and abilities of your team members and be based on practical, first-hand investigations and studies, decided after consulting with your fellow team members during the planning. Once decided, your expedition route should be planned around your aim.

Debrief & Presentation

On completion of their expedition, their assessor will undertake a debrief with the expedition team, and then the team must prepare and give a presentation on the expedition, which must cover their aim., experiences and outcomes. This presentation will be given to Mr Julian and the D of E team.

Other Notes

Mobile Phones

In line with guidance given by the DofE in conjunction with the requirements of the insuring organiser, one fully charged mobile phone can be carried by the team during the expedition. 

The mobile phone should only be unsealed and used in the case of a serious accident or emergency

Consent Form

For the expedition programme, a consent form needs to be completed for each expedition due to the nature of the activity. Please return these before Friday 4th June, failure to do so means for son will not be able to attend.

DofE Consent Form, click HERE

Emergency Contact

In case of an emergency please contact the Outdoor Education Department Mobile on 07731558262. Please understand that the phone may be out of signal so please leave your name, a small message, and a contact number.

Once students have completed both walks, they will have completed their DofE Expedition section.  Students are then to make sure all the other sections are complete (volunteering, physical & skill) and then their DofE Silver will be awarded.  

If you have any questions regarding the expedition walks or DofE please do not hesitate to email me.

Kind Regards

 

Mr Julian

Outdoor Education - D of E Manger

b.julian@knbs.co.uk

 

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