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Duke of Edinburgh : Expedition


Aim of the Expeditions Section: To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.

The Principles

All ventures involve self-reliant journeying in the countryside or on water, conceived with a purpose and undertaken by the participants' own physical efforts, without motorised assistance. The venture must present the participants with a challenge in terms of purpose, planning and achievement with minimum external intervention.


The following requirements are for all types of venture:

all qualifying ventures should have a clearly defined purpose
on completion, participants review the venture and give an account or presentation related to this purpose
unaccompanied ventures should take place between the end of March and the end of October
ventures involve joint planning and preparation by all members of the group
groups consist of between four and seven young people
accommodation will be by camping and all equipment must be suitable for the activity and environment in which the venture is to take place
participants are to be trained in the skills necessary to undertake their planned venture participants must undertake sufficient practice journeys to ensure that they are able to journey safely and independently in their chosen environment
all ventures must be supervised and qualifying ventures assessed by suitably experienced people

Expedition Season

The expedition season for unaccompanied ventures is between the end of March and the end of October and, although specific dates are not prescribed, this period coincides approximately with British Summer Time. This does not preclude appropriately-led training opportunities and practice journeys outside these dates.

Group Composition

The minimum number in a group at all levels of Award and for all modes of travel is four and the maximum seven. It is not necessary for the entire group to be undertaking the Award or to be under assessment but all must be trained and properly equipped to the same standard as the participants.

Accommodation and Catering

Accommodation is by camping. A different campsite must be used each night for Expeditions. At least one substantial meal should be prepared under camp conditions each day. The group must carry all equipment and food to be used during the venture. All individuals must always carry their personal emergency equipment.


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