DofE Expedition services for schools and youth groups.
We can assist you in running your expeditions...
...or we can take them off your hands completely
As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the expedition section of the DofE we are licensed to run all aspects of the expedition section. Although we are based in the North of England we work with schools and youth groups all over the UK. We train groups in schools all over the country and run their expeditions from Dartmoor to Hertfordshire to the Highlands of Scotland taking in Wales, The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District in between. We even run international expeditions in Europe. Wherever you are based in the UK we can probably help.
The Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award comprises of four elements.
- Practice Expedition
- Qualifying Expedition
In a nutshell, if required, we can deliver the complete programme for the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold level from training through to qualifying expedition and presentation. However, many organisations do some of the work and only ask us to take on what they would find difficult to deliver.
- Organise entire programmes of training, practice and qualifying expeditions
- Organise the expeditions for groups that you have trained, this includes booking campsites, checking routes and notifying the DofE of the expedition
- Providing a team of supervisors to supervise expeditions where you have trained the groups and planned the expedition.
- Provide a few supervisors to work alongside your staff and under the direction of a suitably qualified member of your staff.
In the first 3 examples above Lupine Adventure are taking responsiblity for the safety of the participants so we are working to our procedures whereas in the fourth example we are operating under your direction and so the responsibility rests with your organisation.
When working to Lupine Adventure procedures we staff expeditions with one member of staff per group (as a minimum) for all training and practice expeditions and all assessed expeditions in remote terrain. If you have some staff who hold nationally recognised outdoor qualifications (e.g. BEL, ML, WGL, HML) or who have completed the training in these awards then we may be able to induct your staff in our procedures and reduce the number of staff that we need to hire and therefore the cost.
If you are interested in simply hiring supervisors to work on expeditions that you have planned then visit our Hiring a supervisor for your Duke of Edinburgh's Award group page. If you would like more information on our complete packages then please read on.
We can run a full training course or simply cover the bits that you require help with.
If you are local to West Yorkshire we can train your teams in short blocks at regular intervals (possibly throughout the winter months). For groups based elsewhere in the country we can run an intensive weekend of training either away in the countryside or at your premises, wherever you are. We provide training for expeditions on the following areas:
- Route planning.
- First aid.
- Emergency procedures.
- Danger identification and avoidance.
- Menu planning.
- Camp cooking and hygiene.
- The country code and highway code.
- Equipment choice and procurement.
- Deciding what to take and how to carry it all.
Practice and qualifying expeditions.
During practice expeditions we will accompany the group for as long as we feel is necessary before letting them off on their own. This is usually a stepped process, moving from accompanying to shadowing to more remote methods of supervision.
On qualifying expeditions we usually meet up with the groups the afternoon before the expedition for a kit check and quick refresher on emergecy procedures and navigation strategies. On the first day of the expedition they are immediately under remote supervision conditions.
When remotely supervising a group our staff will work out a daily supervision plan. They will look at the route and identify when they will need to be very close to the team and when they can hang back. Generally speaking we stay close when the team are in a) remote areas, b) areas of potential physical danger and c) areas of complex navigation. We will not necessarily walk with the group (especially on the assessed expedition), they may not even see us, but rest assured they will be being supervised. We will meet up and chat to each group at least once per day during their walk and will check them into their campsite each evening to perform an assessment of their well-being. Participants are given a emergency phone number for their supervisior, while we cannot guarantee that it will be in signal all day our staff will always be contactable during the night in case of emergencies.
The prices for our complete programmes can be found on our Costs and funding page.