Your expedition will be one of the most exciting parts of doing your Duke of Edinburgh's Award – there are so many different options as to how you do it.
This year's expedition dates:
22nd - 26th April
27th - 31st May
Cost for this year: £408 - which includes training, shared equipment e.g. tents and stoves and assessments.
Case Study - Arran
"As a person who has never done anything like this before, I loved the whole experience, it allows you to learn a whole range of skills while seeing beautiful scenery and having a laugh. Although it isn’t without its challenges; walking for hours in different environments can take its toll which meant having a positive mental attitude towards it was essential from my own experience. In our group we got lost a couple of times, one being in dense fog and heavy rain on a large featureless moor. We used teamwork and our problem solving skills to eventually find our way back onto the path and without these skills it could’ve been very plausible that we would have had to call for help.
Overall the expedition allowed me to enhance my problem solving, communication and team working skills and provided a great experience to learn skills such as map reading and taking a bearing. I would recommend this to anybody."
Case Study - Lauren
"My favourite part of the expedition was reaching the top of one of the three peaks on the practice expedition and the amount of support from everyone in the group when completing the challenge. The most challenging part of the assessed expedition was ending up off course on one of the hottest days of the year. To resolve this we worked as a team to motivate each other by thinking of the end result and solved the problems we were having to get back on track and finish the day. Skills I developed included working well as a team to motivate each other, support each other in areas we found difficult. We solved problems we faced effectively even when frustrated and tired. I communicated with others in the team to agree on routes and resolve disagreements"
Don’t forget to log your Employability skills on the Skills Log from taking part in this opportunity!Team Working – to successfully complete your expedition you need to be able to work well as part of a team and communicate effectively with each other.
Perseverance and Initiative – the whole Award takes a lot of dedication and motivation, specifically the expedition which is probably the most challenging section.
Leadership – there may be moments where you find yourself needing to step up and lead the way.