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Costs and Funding

Expeditions Programme Costs

4 things about lupine webThe costs to undertake remote supervision work in 'wild country' are relatively high. However, as a grass roots, not-for-profit organisation without any shareholders or investors, we are in a position to to keep running costs low.


Because of our 'not-for-profit' status the DofE work that we do for schools is exempt from VAT so there is no VAT to pay on any of our activities.


The cost of whole expedition programmes depends on how we conduct the training, where the expeditions are going to take place and how many participants there are. Lupine Adventure like to do a very thorough job of training groups. We believe that good training results in safer and more comfortable, happier groups.


Take a look at some sample costs below.

In house training 

We can visit your group for an intensive training course, for one or two days of a weekend, using your premises. We are happy to travel anywhere in the country to provide weekend training programs local to you. if your school or youth group is based in the Leeds area then we can come to your premises for regular after school sessions.


The whole programme package includes:

  Bronze Silver 
Training 1 Day 1 Day
Practice 2 Days 3 Days
Qualifying route planning a few hours a few hours
Qualifying 2 Days 3 Days
Prices from* £1309 per group
£187 per participant
£1918 per group
£274 per participant


*The prices listed assume a programme of 28 students and were accurate in September 2018. Please contact us for an accurate quote for your participants


Training: Training on a weekend at your premesis with a return (for a few hours) between practice and qualifying expedition to do the qualifying route planning.


Expeditions:  Campsite fees are included but participants will be expected to bring their own food. Transport to the expedition venue is available on request



Gold Residential training followed by practice and qualifying expeditions.

For Gold we usually offer the entire expedition programme in two chunks. We carry out the training on a residential in the Yorkshire Dales or Peak District and immediately follow it on with the practice expedition. We then carry out the qualifying expedition at a later date after participants have had time to recover and reflect on their practice expedition. The costs for these expeditions can vary considerably depending on the size of group and accommodation requested for the residential part. 


The costs below include:

Training and Practice Expedition: Three evenings and two full days training based in a bunk barn in the Yorkshire dales, immediately followed by a 3 day and two night practice expedition.


Assessed Expedition: Five day gold assessed expedition, Meeting up at about lunch time on day 1.


All camping fees are included and food for the residential part of the expedition is also included. All food that we provide on DofE residentials is vegetarian and Halal, other dietary requirements can also be catered for. The students will be required to bring money to purchase their expedition food for the practice after they have received their 'menu planning' training.


Level Gold 
 Prices from*  £390 per participant


*The prices listed assume a programme of 28 students staying in bunk accommodation, Camping options on training can work out cheaper.  Please contact us for an accurate quote for your participants


Supervision of groups that you have trained.

After training a group yourselves we can provide qualified Mountain Leaders experienced in remote supervision to run and assess the expeditions.


Our standard day rate usually works out between £160 - £190 per member of staff per day (there is no VAT to pay as we are exempt due to being a not for profit company). The main variable is staff transport costs. The price per day tends to be higher on shorter expeditions (the cost of getting there is not shared out over as many days), and if fewer members of staff are required (less opportunity to share transport).


Funding opportunities.

There are a number of pots of money out there that can be accessed to enable young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. If your budget will not stretch to the fees required we can supply you with information as to where you may get the funding.


To start with you can try looking here

  • We (Lupine Adventure Co-op) run a bursary scheme for people in low income households and care leavers. It is for individuals to attend a whole gold expedition programme for free.
  • Awards for all, Part of the National Lottery.
  • In 2017 The DofE announced a £3 million fund to support more young people accessing and doing their #DofE as part of the #iwill fund. Please contact your local DofE office to discuss the specifics of the fund, how it can be used, and how to apply. You can find your nearest here:
  • DofE regional notice boards often have local funding opportunities

If you think that you may have students who would benefit from taking part in The DofE but neither your organisation or the students can afford it then get in touch soon so we can investigate other more specific funding pools. As an organisation we tick quite a few boxes that funders like. It may help to point out that the organisation that you are hiring to carry out the activity is a not-for-profit social enterprise. We will happily help you filling out such applications. your social media marketing partner
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DofE Feedback from Schools and Youth Groups

"I just wanted to provide feedback for Owen & Hayley. They were both very professional and although obviously in charge of our health and safety were willing to fit into the way our practise expeditions are usually run, making great suggestions and showing a willingness to be flexible where needed. It was a pleasure to work with them both and I am now totally inspired to undertake my ML training and assessment."

Lorraine Squires


"Thank you so much for everything you have all done for us over the last few days with our expeditions. It has been fantastic working with you and the service provided was excellent. The cadets have thoroughly enjoyed their expeditions, I'm sure they'll be sleeping well today! ... It was lovely to meet Andy and Jo and the expeditions went very smoothly. We would highly recommend Lupine Adventure!  "

Abi Hensby
146 (Northwich) Squadron


"I am amazed at the way that the instructors are able to tailor their work to the needs of a group or person.  I have seen Dave work both with adults and young people and his technical skills and group management skills are just superb.  He adjusts his approach to the group/ person with ease and is such a consummate professional, but yet a lot of fun to work with."

Catherine Cole
Ratcliffe College


"We were very pleased with the whole Lupine 'experience'.  the service we received was great and Dave was a great asset to the team from Day 1.  We would have no hesitation in recommending him to others, and working with him again if the need arises."

Paul Cole
Ratcliffe College


"They are amazing. Our school has used them for the Gold expedition for the past three years. With their non-profit making ethos I feel they are true to the old idea of DofE being staffed by volunteers, but with a completely professional level of qualifications and expertise. The resources which they make freely available for sharing are fantastic. At a time when I worry that DofE is getting too corporate and concerned with branding/selling merchandise Lupine are a breath of fresh air."


Received via The DofE


'We asked Lupine Adventure Co-operative to provide us with a supervisor for our Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition. Craig was easy to work with, and was utterly professional in his approach. He got on well with the boys and at all times put their safety first. We were delighted to benefit from his expertise, and we shall be using Lupine again this Easter.'


Bob Mitchell,
King's College School, Wimbledon



"The staff from Lupine have always wanted to pass on their knowledge to our participants, this is particularly important during the practice expeditions, where they put in the extra effort to teach properly and not just get the groups through the weekend."


Jennifer Arundale

South Hampstead High School


"As a busy school trying to deliver the expedition for the DoE Award to an ever increasing number of young people, we have found Lupine Adventures absolutely invaluable. Not only have they provided excellent instruction to the participants, the staff are easy to get on with and a pleasure to work alongside."


Martin Callow
Royal Hospital School, Ipswich



"Cat, Pete and Will were absolutely brilliant - calm, knowledgeable and professional. I hope that they didn't get too much cheek from our boys, and had an enjoyable few days too."


Harriet Thompson
Merchant Taylor School, Northwood.
Lupine Adventure Co-operative Ltd is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Service as licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings:

  • Rock Climbing.
  • Abseiling.
  • Orienteering.
  • Hill Walking & Mountaineering.

To find out more about the Adventure Activities Licensing Service visit their website