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.

If you can't see what you are looking for please feel free to contact us.

 

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 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.





 
 

Food and Drink

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.





 

Camping

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.





 

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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