More changes to the rules about D of E Expeditions…
With the return to face to face Scouting and the new Expedition season getting closer, young people are starting to plan the Expedition section of their Awards.
These criteria are effective until 31 July 2021.
- The Scout Association have recommended that all Expeditions take place within a Team’s own County and ideally start and finish at a Scout hut or take place in the area local to a Scout hut. This is to facilitate delivery and collection of Young People each day of the Expedition.
- As the Scout Association have advised there should be no over-night camping until we are at Green level, Teams at all Award levels are allowed to return home to sleep during their expedition. They should, however, still plan and cook their meals as a team, and of course meet the minimum hours of planned activity during each day. Expeditions must be self-sufficient so, even though participants are going home to sleep, they need to carry appropriate expedition kit. Participants should carry some form of shelter and warmth in case of emergency, although this could be a survival shelter rather than a tent. Participants should also carry all of the food and clothing that they will need for the whole expedition – not just for each day.
- Leaders can use motorised transport to take participants to the start point of their route and pick them up at their end point. Travel to and from the expedition location each day is additional to the required hours of activity time.
- During the Expedition participants will still need to practise social distancing as per Government guide-lines. All participants should be fully aware of the route plan and route cards to minimise navigation huddles along the way. It is recommended that each participant has a copy of the route and route cards to maximise social distancing opportunities.
- The presentation can be carried out during the Expedition, either along the route or at the end of the Expedition. Alternatively the presentation can be made via Zoom at a later date. The participants will need to ensure that the audience to whom they are making the presentation have the relevant information for the presentation.
- The Practice Expeditions for Silver and Gold can now be carried back to back.
- Bronze participants who progress to Silver will be able to use their Silver practice Expedition as their Bronze qualifying Expedition at Bronze. This expedition must meet the minimum requirements of the Silver practice expedition (two days and two nights). Participants wishing to do a combined Silver/Bronze expedition must meet the age requirements of the higher level (they must be in the year group in which their peers turn 15) and they must be enrolled at Silver. Similarly, Silver participants who progress to Gold will be able to use their Gold practice expedition as their Silver qualifying expedition. This expedition must meet the requirements of the Silver qualifying expedition (three days and two nights). In addition, participants wishing to do a combined Gold/Silver expedition must meet the age requirements of the higher level (they must be at least 16 years old) and they must be enrolled at Gold. As practice expeditions are not under qualifying conditions, combined expeditions will not require an Accredited Expedition Assessor, even if being used for a qualifying expedition and the Assessor can be known to the Group.
- The new advised Expedition season for these changes are from March 2021 to 31st July 2021.
Leaders – Please can you let Peter or Sue know if you are planning to run Expeditions in your District and pass on this information to your young people.
If you need further help with these changes or feel unable to support expeditions within your District please contact the County DofE Team
Important changes to DofE during Covid-19 Lockdown
Click here to read about the new temporary rules
The County Programme Team provide support to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
For more information please contact Norfolk’s Lead Advisor Peter Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, complete the form at the foot of the page and send to Sue Bisley, the DofE Administrator.
Information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme is available online through scouts.org.uk
All the DofE Awards have parallel Scouting Top Awards, so make sure you work on the two Awards at the same time.
- DofE Bronze – The Platinum Award
- DofE Silver – The Diamond Award
- DofE Gold – The Queen’s Scout Award
Click below to find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme:
Participant Skills Log – click to download the DofE Form to track progress within the Skills area of the DofE Scheme.
Participant Physical Log – click to download the DofE Form to track progress within the Physical area of the DofE Scheme.
Participant Volunteer Log – click to download the DofE Form to track progress within the Volunteer area of the DofE Scheme.
Writing reports for DofE participants that are working with you to complete either the Skills, Physical or Volunteer element of their award can be daunting for leaders who are not part of the DofE team.
Here are some guides to help you write reports that will “tick the box”:
Click to read the Guide to writing DofE Skills Reports
Click to read the Guide to writing DofE Physical Reports
Click to read the Guide to writing DofE Volunteer Reports
Guide to becoming a DofE Assessor – click to read the PoP
Download the REGISTRATION FORM:
DofE Registration Form April 2020
DofE Registration Form April 2020