Costs and Funding
Expeditions Programme Costs
The 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 zero rated for 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.
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:
|Training||1 Day||1 Day||2 Days|
|Practice||2 Days||3 Days||3 Days|
|Qualifying route planning||a few hours||a few hours||a few hours|
|Qualifying||2 Days||3 Days||4.5 Days|
|Prices from*||£188 per participant||£270 per participant||£361 per participant|
*The prices listed assume a programme of 28 students and were accurate in September 2017. 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
For schools and other groups outside the Yorkshire area we can offer the entire expedition 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: Three days and two nights walking and camping (or 4 days and 3 night for gold). For gold expeditions we will meet up the day before the expedition starts.
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.
|Prices from*||£285 per participant||£326 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
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).
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: www.dofe.org/offices/
- 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.