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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 Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd January 2022.  


Saturday 22nd January – 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 23rd January – 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 navigation and Saturday’s training into practice. We will spend the day walking and navigating, getting ready for the expedition in June. 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 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 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 to parents with details about the practice expedition will be sent out in March.

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 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