Expeditions

Expeditions

1 - Area
Your DofE leader will give you a point where you're staying (e.g. a campsite). You must then use this to plan a purpose for your expedition.

2 - Purpose
With your team, you should decide on a purpose for the expedition. Think simply, and use the area which you're visiting. Some examples of purposes are below:
  • To discover the area surrounding Hadrian's Wall
  • To count the different types of animals you see along a route
  • To reenact a historical battle
  • To improve your landscape photography skills in the countryside
  • To assess the damage of an area by human tourism
3 - Route
With your team, and your purpose in mind, you should plan your route. You'll need to consider a few things such as:
  • How you will achieve your aim
  • The distance you want to walk
  • The time you need to be walking 
    • (3 hours - Bronze; 4 hours - Silver; 5 hours - Gold)
  • How fast you'll walk
  • Any terrain (e.g. hills or downhill)
  • Any major roads on your route
  • Where you're camping (for Silver and Gold - there will be 2 campsites)
  • You'll be carrying all of your kit!
4 - Menu
Now you know your route, you can plan your menu. Remember you will be carrying everything with you! 

Some important points to remember are:
  • You'll only have access to boiling water on your expedition.
  • Making/ pre-preparing your food is cheaper and more tasty than ready meals in packets!
  • You need nutrition, think about your 5-a-day and avoid Pot Noodles
  • You need energy - check your usual calorie intake and times it by 1.5
  • Divide different meals between team members to make sure everyone has some responsibility
Pre-preparing food
When on your expedition, pre-preparing food is key. A good tip is:
  • Cook your food normally 3-4 days before your expedition
  • Freeze is immediately after you cook it in an oven roasting bag (example)
  • Remove it from the freezer just before you leave home
  • Boil it in the bag using a JetBoil when you're on your expedition
Some great examples include:
  • Breakfast
    • Bacon/ sausage and beans (in one bag)
    • Porridge
    • Scrambled eggs
  • Lunch (usually packed lunch)
    • Soup
  • Dinner
    • Spaghetti bolognese
    • Curries
    • Chilli-con-carne
You're responsible as a team to cook and prepare meals for each other.
What's it all about?
The expedition of your DofE award is one of the most exciting parts! You get to plan, prepare and practice your expedition before attempting your assessed expedition to count towards your award. 

You're in the driving seat of it - from your food to your route, it's your expedition!

How we do it
To begin with, there's a date. Our next expeditions will be found on our events page: www.3rdwashingtonscouts.org.uk/events.

You will plan and take part in two expeditions: your practice expedition and your qualifying expedition.
  • Your practice expedition is just that - it's a practice but is required.
  • Your qualifying expedition is assessed by a DofE assessor. This assessment forms part of your award.
For each expedition, you'll plan and take part in it as below:
  1. Working with your DofE leader, they'll give you an area and the location of your campsite.
  2. Decide on a purpose of your expedition (why are you doing it?).
  3. Plan your team's route, based on the level of your award.
    • You need to take into account the terrain, your walking time and any activities you plan to do en route.
  4. Plan your menu.
    1. Take note of the equipment you'll have
  5. Submit your form!
    • Your DofE Leader will take you through this

Kit
All of your kit will be carried by your team. There are individual kit items and shared kit. When packing your bag, don't forget:
  1. It all needs to be waterproofed (that means your whole bag with everything in it)
  2. You'll be carrying team kit, so don't fill your bag!

Below is a guide kit list for yourself:
  • Walking boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat
  • Water bottle (1L minimum)
  • Personal medication
  • Spare change/s of clothing
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers (optional)
  • Walking socks
  • Wash kit
  • Torch/ spare batteries (cannot be your mobile phone)
  • Flask (optional)
  • Warm coat/ fleece
  • Uniform (top half only)
  • Your mobile phone (it's your responsibility and is optional)
We will provide these items for you to carry:
  • Knife/ fork/ spoon/ mug
  • Survival bag
  • Personal first aid kit
We will provide these items for your team to split up to carry:
  • Whistle
  • Maps of the area
  • Compasses
  • Group first aid kits
  • Map cases
  • Tents
  • Whistles

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