DofE Expedition Training Resources

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Resources produced by Lupine Adventure Co-operative

  1. Course Notes (Download | Details)
  2. Work Book  (Download (OS Mapping version) | Download (Open source mapping version) | Download (editable version for participants to fill in) | Details)
  3. Powerpoints and lesson plans for classroom delivery (Details)
  4. How to measure distance on a map video (one minute long) (View in YouTube | Details)
  5. Emergency Procedures Exercise cards (Download | Details)
  6. Emergency Procedures Laminates (Details)
  7. Make-a-Menu food flash cards (Download | Details)
  8. Make-a-Menu food Flash cards - Large size for front of room demonstrations (Download | Details)
  9. Answer phone message asking for help (Download Details)
  10. Video showing how to use eDofE to plot a route (View in YouTube | Details)
  11. Twelve lesson plans for DofE expedition classroom based learning. These are old and have been superseded somewhat by the powerpoints listed above (Download | Details)
  12. Remote supervision and Searches booklet (Download | Details)
  13. Excel version of the Green Form (Download | Details)
  14. Assessor report form  (Download WordDetails)
  15. Various timings cards (Download | Details)
  16. A5 How to take a compass bearing and relocation strategies sheet  (Download | Details
  17. Briefing sheet: Coaching up-hill walking (Download | Details)
  18. Remote supervision checkpoint card (Download | Details)
  19. Excel route card (Download | Details)
  20. PDF of the above route card (Download | Details)
  21. Google Sheet of the above route card (Link | Details)
  22. Lupine's 'DofE Services for Schools' (Double sided black and white print) (Download | Details)

Resources donated by others

  1. Shelagh's first aid powerpoint presentation
  2. Kirsty's first aid powerpoint presentation
  3. Mike's first aid quiz
  4. Shelagh's weather powerpoint presentation
  5. Another weather presentation
  6. Recipe for a route description 
  7. How to Use eDofE - Donated by Hampsire Scouting 
  8. Guide to completing the Expedition section on eDofE
  9. Route planning and edofe mapping - Donated by First 4 Adventure UK
  10. How to deal with your periods outdoors - Link to 'Navigation with Harriet' (who is one of our freelancers)
  11. Expedition information for people who have periods - Link to 'The outdoors people'

If you have resources to share then please send them in and we'll include them. Please make sure they do not include copyrighted images as we won't be able to check all pictures.


Ordnance Survey resources reproduced (with permission)

  1. Map reading made easy
  2. Guide to the national grid - Grid references explained. There is also a web page with videos here

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Course notes



This download is the 36 page DofE Expedition Course Notes document that we provide to participants that we train. These Course Notes are used to complement the lessons that we deliver for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition section.


They cover, navigation, kit list, packing a rucksack, hazards and route planning, emergency procedures, compass work (including magnetic variation / declination), tips on sticking together, first aid, relocation when lost, menu planning theory and some ideas, tent use and care, campsite and wild camping tips, safe Trangia use, the weather, the country code, interpreting contours, ideas for aims of the expeditions and some guidance on how to ensure success on your expedition (the new, more positive, name for the 'how to fail your DofE expedition' page) and the 20 conditions of the expedition section listed in full.



Last updated October 2021. 

Work Book

workbookinsideThis 24 page work book goes with the Course Notes document. We've taken the few work book pages out of the course notes and expanded on them massively. This is still early in development so if you have any ideas on how to improve it or exercises to add then please do get in touch.

We have 3 versions of this document.

The first one uses OS maps in many examples. If you have good print facilities then this is probably the best one to use as it is the type of map that groups tend to use.

The second version uses Open Source mapping, it is a bit clearer (as it is less detailed). You may wish to use this version if you are printing in black and white or if your printer has trouble with OS's definition.

The third version is the OS maps version but with many of the fields editable so participants can fill it in on a device and email the document to you if you wish to review or mark their answers.

If you would like a copy with the answers completed then please get in touch by email.

Download OS mapping version


Download open source mapping version


Download editable version

Last Updated December 2020

Powerpoints and Lesson plans

These are powerpoints and lesson plans for some areas of the DofE expedition syllabus. Sessions 0-6 we we often teach in classrooms so there are accompanying lesson plans. Sessions 7-10 we have only ever delivered in a classroom once as we usually do these outside on training walks. Most aspects of the lessons can be performed over remote teaching applications.

We don't consider these 'ready to go' as we usually edit them a little to tailor them to the audience.

The lessons 1-6 are designed for participants to have copies of our Course Notes and the Workbook to fill in (there is an editable PDF version of the workbook if this is to be done on a computer rather than printed out). Alternatively, if you are working remotely you can use the Google Forms links to copy some quizzes to your Google Drive. You can then share these forms from your Google drives with participants for them to fill in at the right points. You will have to edit the powerpoint files accordingly if you wish to use the forms quizes.

No Powerpoint of lesson Lesson plan Google self marking quiz
0 Intro to DofE Expeditions    
 1 Intro to OS maps Download Intro to OS maps 1
Intro to OS maps 2
 2 Navigating with OS maps Download  Navigating using OS maps
 3 Hazards Download Hazards
 4 Kit Download Kit
 5 Menu Planning Download  Menu planning (not self marking)
 6 Route Planning (eDofE) Download   
 6 Route Planning (paper maps) Download   
7 Emergency Procedures and First Aid    
8 Camping on a Campsite    
9 The Countryside Code    
10 The Aim and Presentation    

Download a zip file with all powerpoints and lesson plans (205Mb)

Last Updated 8th September 2021

How to measure distance on a map using a sheet of paper

When teaching our Introduction to OS maps over Microsoft Teams during the 2021 lockdown I found it very difficult to explain how to measure distance from the map so I knocked up this quick one minute long video. You can use the YouTube link or download it to your computer to put into the powerpoint presentation if you wish. You may have to right click on the link and choose 'save link as ...' or something like that to download.

View in YouTube


Download MP4

Emergency procedures exercise cards

emergency proceduresCopies of cards designed to provoke discussion within a group as to the correct / prudent order of doing things when faced with an emergency (the example given is a sprained / broken ankle). We use these cards when teaching emergency procedures to Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) participants. Each card contains an activity (apply first aid or move the casualty into a tent for example), the participants have to place the cards into a sensible order that they would carry out the activity.


It works very well, most groups end up with a line of main activities and columns coming off the row indicating things they would do at the same time. Student and instructor briefing cards are on the last page. I am beginning to think that there are a few too many cards so you may wish to consider taking some out of the set. If you find these useful and would like copies printed onto card then let us know and we'll run some off for you.


 Last updated January 2017.

In Case of Difficulty or Emergency 2018 No Spot 1Emergency Procedures Laminates

We print something similar to these out onto A5, laminate them and give them to participants that we are supervising (the staff write their number on in permanent marker). I have removed references to Lupine from them but you will still want to edit them to fit your organisations requirements. They are here as a guide to what you could put. We have two versions. One version is for if we have issued a spot tracker device and the other is for if they have no spot tracking device.

Download the no tracker issued version



Download the tracker issued version


Make a menu - food flash cards

altThese cards have been developed to help teach the menu planning segment of the DofE Expedition syllabus. There are over 70 cards with different common food types taken on expeditions. Students can use the cards to compare the benefits of different foods and lay them out to make a menu for the day.


The cards are individually numbered so if you print off more than one set you can split them up again if mixed up. The numbers are also colour coded between 'Breakfast Only', 'Breakfast / Lunch / Snack' and 'Evening Meal' so you can concentrate on one meal if you wish. There are blank cards at the end if you wish to add your own.


If you have any requests or suggestions of foods that we could add then just let us know and we'll stick them on.


Version 2.4 - June 2017.


Make A Menu - A5 demonstration cards

This is an identical set of cards to the ones above but they have been enlarged to A5 size. We adapted these cards due to receiving numerous requests to do so from people who use the smaller version in the classroom. These cards are designed to be used by teachers and students to clearly show a room of people the foods that they have chosen.


Answer phone message asking for help

We always tell our participants that if they are calling for assistance and end up leaving an answer phone message that they also send a text with the same information afterwards. The reasons for this are:

1) We may pass through an area of phone signal or get a fleeting, weak signal meaning that we will see we have a message but be unable to listen to it. If it comes in as a text we can read the message even if we don't have signal when we come to read it.


2) A text message will transmit exactly how you send it. An answer phone message may be distorted due to poor signal or high wind at the callers location. The caller cannot tell what the recipient will hear.


This is an MP3 of an answer phone message left by a team requesting urgent medical attention and demonstrates the problems leaving messages on an answer phone. As it happened one of our members of staff was about 20 meters away behind a wall as this call was being made (though he couldn't see or hear what was going on) and was on the scene about 2 minutes later to cries of 'You're like ninjas you lot' .

When training groups in emergency procedures we play this clip to them to illustrate the point.


Video on how to use eDofE to plot a route

youtubeThis 10 minute video shows how to plot a route in eDofE when you don't have access to a paper map. Covid-19 has meant that a lot of participants are plotting routes at home where they don't have a copy of the relevant map. This will still be useful post Covid as it is a valid method of route planning (i.e. not planning on a paper map first, before transfering to eDofE for route card creation and sharing). This method involves drawing a straight line between the day's start and end point before snaking the route around the various paths and rights of way.

You need the Grid References of your start and end points for the day (inculding the two letter prefix) and access to e-DofE

The video is split into 5 chapters, look at the description to jump to the bit you want.

The detail on filling in the route card is a bit too brief in some areas so some knowlege of this beforehand might help. I'll probably re-make it when eDofE changes substantially and will fix this oversight at that point.

View in YouTube

12 Lesson plans for classroom based learning

These are the lesson plans for the classroom based instruction that we provide when doing short regular lessons at local schools. They have been superseded somewhat by the powerpoints above but there are extra ones here as we sometimes have to cover more in the classroom than we would like.

This document contains 12 classroom based session plans covering

  1. Maps
  2. Navigation
  3. Equipment and Rucksack Packing
  4. Hazards
  5. Menu Planning
  6. Stove safety and use
  7. Practice Route Planning
  8. First Aid
  9. Emergency Procedures
  10. Practice Expedition Debrief
  11. The country code and ensuring success on your expedition
  12. The aim of the expedition.


Last updated September 2015.


Remote Supervision and Searches

This is a 24 page A5 booklet on the topic of Remote Supervision and Searching Strategies for if you lose a group. We wrote this for partly for our training courses for teachers and partly for our in house staff training. The table of contents of this booklet reads...

1. Remote Supervision
1.1. What is remote supervision
1.2. Prerequisites of remote supervision
1.3. Contact with the group – Seen vs unseen
1.4. When to stay close
1.5. Techniques of supervision
1.6. Top tips for remote supervision
1.7. Kit in the supervisors bag
1.8. Debriefing the group
1.9. Using electronic trackers
2.1. Primary Searching Strategies
2.2. The Secondary Search
2.3. Calling Mountain Rescue
2.4. Advice to lost / injured groups


February 2020

Excel version of the Green Form

Excel seems to be a better choice of application for writing green forms in than Word. This form is locked so that you don't delete bits you shouldn't. I would guess that most people will want to unlock it so that they can copy bits from one form to another easily. The password is 'lupine'.


This is the July 2019 version of the green form

Assessor report

Because as AAP's we don't get to see if an assessor has successfully completed their reports on eDofE we ask that they instead complete this Word document. We then take the information from this document and put it into eDofE ourselves. This means that if eDofE fails to record the report either thorough a glitch in its system or through user error we still have a copy of the report that we can upload or send to the DofE leader who lets us know that there has been a problem (sometimes years later).

Download Word Document

Last Updated October 2019

Various timings cards

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We designed these for our adult courses and winter skills courses (there is a bit of avalanche related things) but also use the timings cards for our DofE groups. They have been elsewhere on the website for years but I thought they should probably be here too.

It is an 8 page A4 PDF with different designs of cards on each page. You can choose the back and front that you want and print off double sided then laminate. The slope angle references are due to most avalanches occurring on slopes between 30 and 45 degrees so won't be much use. However, it is worth knowing that a slope of 30 degrees may not sound like much but would be too steep for a dofe group to ascend (unless it was on a very wiggly path).


How to take a bearing and relocation strategies A5 sheet

This download is a single sheet of A4 designed to be printed double-sided and laminated. We created it at the request of a teacher who wanted to give her students a sheet that they could keep in their map case as a reminder of these important skills and concepts. If you have any ideas for useful resources that you would like us to try and create then please do get in touch.


Briefing Sheet: Coaching Up-hill Walking

This is a single side of A4 with a bit of advice on how to coach efficient up hill walking. Some groups really struggle with the up hill bits. This sheet gives a bit on instruction on how to develop an Alpine Plod within your group.


Remote supervision check point card

These are small cards to give to participants to leave at pre-arranged points to let you know that they have gone through. The idea being that if you find a card and then subsequently lose a group you can be pretty sure they are further along their route than the location you found the card.


At Lupine Adventure Co-op we very rarely use these cards (only once or twice in the last 5 years). We have only handed them out on specific days when we have identified a point that we want to check them through but are not sure if we will make in time.


We feel that while they are a useful tool they should be used with caution to prevent creeping towards a 'lazy', roadside style of supervision. Additionally it must be remembered that if you don't see a card you have to be prepared for the fact that it may have been lost, forgotten or removed.


If you use these cards or something similar then it is very important that you always collect them afterwards, if you don't then you are simply littering the country side (by proxy :-) ). In some areas (The New Forest, for example) their use is forbidden due supervisors neglecting to collect them too often in the past. In the New Forest, assessors are asked to remove them irrespective of whether they are current or not. You are advised to check with the local expedition area before using them.


In the past when I haven't had a card to hand I have given the group an apple and asked them to leave the core on a specific gate post as they pass through (this relies on you having a stash of apples and knowing the route :-) .


Excel format route card

Route card in editable Excel format. Key in the start time and the distance, height gained and rest times on each leg and it will calculate and fill in the estimated time taken and the totals.


Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements to this route card.


This excel file has protected cells that the user cannot edit without keying in a password to prevent accidental deletion of formulas. If you would like to know the password so you can edit it further then please ask.


Credit is due to Thomas Gaffney who has made it easier to add more rows and made the formula for the time allowed for height gained much more elegant. And Andrew Preston who has made it look much nicer buy hiding all the zero's of unused rows.


Version 3.3 - June 2013


PDF format route card

Same route card as above but in PDF format (not editable).



Google Sheet of route card

This is the same route card as above in 'Google sheet' format. I am not a Google Guru but here goes. You will need to have a Google accout to really use this to its full potential. You can make a copy of this sheet which will save it to your Google Drive. Then give the participants access to it by sharing a link with them. They can then update the sheet on any suitable device attached to the internet. By doing it this way you can keep track of how they are getting on.


Before printing or exporting to PDF you may want to delete any unused rows or simply shrink them a bit to make it fit on one page.



Lupine's 2 page black and white print out detailing our DofE services for schools