OPEN GOLD DofE WALKING 2018

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Open Gold Walking Expeditions 2018

Doing your DofE Gold expeditions is an experience that you will never forget. Below are the details of each of the expeditions, Training, Practice and Assessment.

TRAINING

You will learn what you need to know during our training weekend, based at Inspired HQ in Marlow. During the weekend you will learn skills such as: Navigation, Route Planning, First Aid, Emergency Procedures, Camp Craft, Expedition cooking and Nutrition, Health and Safety, and Kit requirements.

We make this fun and enjoyable with practical learning techniques, mixed with games and activities.

Dates: 30th June & 1st July 2018

PRACTICE

4 day 3 night practice in the Brecon Beacons. During the four days the groups will experience a mixture of directly and remotely supervised planned activity. Additional training will be given specific to the wild country and mountainous terrain.

Dates: 23rd – 26th July 2018

ASSESSMENT

5 day 4 night assessed expedition to Dartmoor. During the assessment you will be overseen by an external assessor accredited to the DofE. They will be ensuring you and your group adhere to the 20 conditions.

Dates: 20th – 24th October 2018. Dates are TBC depending on Half Term dates.

Cost: £498 Inclusive of VAT.

PRACTICE ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel & Mountain Training
Day 2: Practice – Walking
Day 3: Practice – Walking
Day 4: Practice – Walking and Travel Home

ASSESSMENT ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel & Acclimatisation
Day 2: Expedition – Walking
Day 3: Expedition – Walking
Day 4: Expedition – Walking
Day 5: Expedition – Walking and Travel Home

DATES & COSTS

DofE Training Weekend: 30th June & 1st July 2018 – £90
Practice Expedition: 23rd – 26th July 2018 – £240
Assessed Expedition: 20th – 24th October 2018 – £240

All three expeditions, booked as a package – £498.

Once you have booked you will be sent a link to our online medical and consent form and ‘Expedition Preparation Guide’. In this guide it has all the timings, locations, kit lists, food requirements and specific details for each of the expeditions.

You must also see your DofE Coordinator to enrol in the Gold DofE award – there will be an additional cost for this (approx £30).

Deposit payment is 25%, full balance is due by the 4th June 2018.

TESTIMONIAL

Thank you Matt, Charlie & Debs! I just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for everything on this expedition. It really opened my eyes to what I myself could achieve and what our group could achieve in the face of challenging conditions. I know I surprised myself and I'm sure the whole group realised afterwards what a difficult expedition that was and how well we tackled it.
Your continued support, stories and banter really was welcome! Looking back now I'm so grateful for the opportunity, the staff that accompanied it and just the fact that we did it!

Matthew, Open Gold Participant 2017

WHAT DOES THIS INCLUDE?

  • Training weekend
  • 4 day 3 night practice expedition (Brecon Beacons)
  • 5 day 4 night Assessed expedition (Dartmoor)
  • Campsite fees
  • Kit hire – tent, sleeping bag, roll mat, Trangia, rucksack & navigation equipment
  • Expedition Preparation Guide

WHAT DOES THIS NOT INCLUDE?

  • All meals/food
  • Transport to the expedition venues
  • Travel insurance
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