DofE EXPEDITION FAQ's FOR PARENTS

School of Outdoors is an Approved Activity Provider for DofE Expeditions and training. 

Please see below a list of frequently asked questions.

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Kit / Equipment

What and how much clothing should be taken on the expedition?


We will cover this during the training sessions. How much is needed will vary depending on level, location and time of year. We recommend clothing that will dry quickly if it gets wet - so no jeans! Even during the summer it can get cold at night in remote areas, so a hat and gloves should be packed all year round. The full DofE recomended kit list can be found here.




Can shorts be worn for the expedition?


We recommend that during the journeying trousers are worn in order to protect from nettle stings, insect bites and the sun. However a pair of shorts are great in summer for relaxing once at camp.





Clothing

What and how much clothing should be taken on the expedition?


We will cover this during the training sessions. How much is needed will vary depending on level, location and time of year. We recommend clothing that will dry quickly if it gets wet - so no jeans! Even during the summer it can get cold at night in remote areas, so a hat and gloves should be packed all year round. The full DofE recomended kit list can be found here.




Can shorts be worn for the expedition?


We recommend that during the journeying trousers are worn in order to protect from nettle stings, insect bites and the sun. However a pair of shorts are great in summer for relaxing once at camp.





Safety

What will the campsite be like?


This will vary depending on what area your expedition is taking place. Generally the campsites are very basic. For Bronze and Silver they normally have toilets and running water. For Gold it will be wild camping.




Will students be sharing tents?


Yes, unless there are exceptional circumstances such as for an SEN group who are unable to share. We will work with the organiser at the school or centre to ensure that tent sharing is done in line with any school policies and request that we are made aware in advance of any known situations where someone cannot share with another particular person.




Will there be the opportunity to shower?


Most of the campsites we use are very basic and often do not have shower facilities. We recommend as part of the kit that students bring a small flannel or wet wipes.




Do School of Outdoors provide transport to and from expeditions?


We are unable to provide transport, however we will endevour to work with you to make the start and finish points as easily accessible for drop offs and collections as possible. For Bronze we aim to start either at the school or very nearby. For Silver and Gold we can try and find areas that are accessible by train from your area. Where transport is being provided this will have been organised by the school and you should contact them with any queries.





 
 

Food and Drink

What food should be taken on expedition?


During the training we will discuss food and the nutritional value of different items. DofE guidance on food can be found here.




Can students bring pre-made meals?


As part of the DofE's 20 conditions, a hot meal needs to be prepared each day, therefore sandwiches, wraps, etc are not suitable as a dinner for the expedition but are ok for lunch or snacks. Training will cover food and how to prepare and cook on camp. DofE guidance on food can be found here.




Will water be provided?


At most campsites fresh water is available, if this is not the case at a particular site then School of Outdoors will arrange for water to be distributed at the camp. Students should aim to carry enough water to see them through the day, however we will be able to provide water top ups on route if these are needed.




Can students bring energy / fizzy drinks to help them through the expedition?


We don't recommend energy or fizzy drinks during the expedition as these can cause energy spikes which are then followed by a low, making the expedition even harder in the long run. Many of these drinks also contain ingredients which can dehydrate the body rather than hydrate.





 

Camping

What happens if the booking needs to be cancelled?


If there are any changes or cancellations please let the school know as soon as possible. We do have to charge for cancellations if there is less than 6 weeks before the event is due to take place, this is because we are unlikely to get booked for a replacement event at such short notice.




What if the weather is bad on the day of the expedition?


In most cases the expedition will still be able to take place as students will be trained and equipped for poor weather. In extreme circumstances where it is felt by School of Outdoors that the expedition cannot take place due to the weather we will arrange an alternative date for the expedition to take place or provide a refund where this is not possible.




Where can I find full details of your cancellations policy?


Our full cancellation policy is in our terms and conditions which is available here.





 

Cancellations

What happens if the booking needs to be cancelled?


If there are any changes or cancellations please let the school know as soon as possible. We do have to charge for cancellations if there is less than 6 weeks before the event is due to take place, this is because we are unlikely to get booked for a replacement event at such short notice.




What if the weather is bad on the day of the expedition?


In most cases the expedition will still be able to take place as students will be trained and equipped for poor weather. In extreme circumstances where it is felt by School of Outdoors that the expedition cannot take place due to the weather we will arrange an alternative date for the expedition to take place or provide a refund where this is not possible.




Where can I find full details of your cancellations policy?


Our full cancellation policy is in our terms and conditions which is available here.





 
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