Explorer DoE expeditions 2021 – UPDATE

Date: 10th Nov 2020 Author: Peter Tomlin

Explorers,

There has been sufficient interest for the DofE team to begin running expedition training for Bronze and Silver expeditions for 2021. Please read the following carefully.

This opportunity is open to all explorers either new to DofE or who had previously attended sessions earlier in the year. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has made numerous temporary changes to the rules of expeditions to allow expeditions to take place during COVID-19 restrictions. Many of these changes can be found here.

Format:

Due to COVID restrictions the delivery of each training session will be altered to suit the current situation. Here is a summary of the training.

  • Regular Zoom calls for all activities that do not require a physical meeting e.g. Introductions, Safety, Food, Route Planning and Project Planning.
  • Physical meetings will be arranged where required for skills such as Navigation, Kit checks and Camp Craft.
  • Practice and qualifying expeditions will be delivered under new DofE regulations e.g. Close to home, No requirement to camp.
  • Expedition locations will be local and social distancing means we will not provide transport. This means parents will need to deliver and collect explorers each day.

Price:

Prices are estimated to be £25-£35 for each Bronze practice and qualifying expeditions and £50-£70 for each Silver practice and qualifying expeditions.There is no charge for the training itself.

These prices will be confirmed based on numbers and the effect of measures required to be put in place.

Dates – note that some dates are likely to change: 

First Zoom meeting/Kick-off:  Saturday 28th November @ 2pm

Kit check and Navigation Skills Morning: Saturday 5th December

Wimbledon Common Navigation Training Day: Saturday 16th January

Bronze Practice: Thursday 1st  to Friday 2nd April

Silver Practice Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd April

Bronze Qualifying: Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th July

Silver Qualifying:  Saturday 24 to Monday 26th July

Further Zoom dates and navigation training dates will be arranged with the aim to be on Saturday afternoons.These will be with a little and often approach to minimise the length of Zoom activities and will be more easily caught up on for those participants who might not be able to make all the sessions.

Sign Up: 

To sign up for DofE you must be registered with the award. Please contact your own Explorer Scout Leader in the first instance.

If you would like to take part and are not already, please enroll for Bronze or Silver using the following instructions. https://www.glswscouts.org.uk/spage-activities-duke_of_edinburgh__039_s_award.html

This may take some time to be processed but once complete you should receive a welcome email with information to login to your eDofE portal which you will use to track the award.

When you have enrolled you will need to attend the OSM event and must click attending before the 21st November. Please check your emails for this invite which your Explorer Scout Leader should forward to you soon. If you previously expressed interest via the google form you must still attend the event to confirm your participation.

If you have any questions please get in touch with your Explorer Scout Leader.

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