Hampshire DofE Gold Award open expeditions

Open to ages 16 to 24

For 2019, we are running a Gold Open Expedition package that includes:

  • Training
  • Planning day
  • Practice Expedition
  • Qualifying Expedition

Gold Open Expedition Package


  • Friday 8 March to Sunday 10 March 2019 - Training weekend - Brecon Beacons
  • Monday 8 April to Thursday 11 April 2019 - Practice Expedition - Peak District
  • Saturday 1 June 2019 - Planning day (This day is mandatory for all those attending the qualifying expedition)
  • Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July 2019 - Qualifying Expedition - Lake District


Brecon Beacons, Peak District, Lake District


£675 full Gold programme.

About this expedition

During the training weekend, you will cover the DofE expedition syllabus and plan your practice Expedition.

A mandatory planning day will take place before your qualifying Expedition to ensure that everyone participates in the planning. You will have a couple of months to reflect on, and practice, what you learned. You will then take your qualifying expedition with us from Monday 15 to Friday 19 July, 2019.

What's Included?

  • Pre-expedition information pack with all you need to know about your expedition
  • Transport from a chosen pick up point in Hampshire to the expedition area
  • Bunkhouse accommodation for the training weekend, providing you with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to meet other participants.This also allows you to get the most from the first two training days
  • Camping fees for the practice and qualifying expedition. Camping will either be on farm campsites with basic facilities or wild camping, depending on the location;
  • Free use of group equipment. We provide you with high quality, light weight tents that are designed for the expedition you are about to undertake.We also provide gas Trangia stoves, maps, and group shelters
  • Comprehensive training covering all aspects of the DofE syllabus, therefore you do not need any experience or have done any training prior to joining the expedition;
  • On completion of one of our open gold expedition programme you will have all aspects of the expedition section signed off (providing that you meet the required standard) - there is no need to have completed any training prior to attending;
  • Supervision throughout the expedition;
  • Accredited Assessors for the qualifying expedition, who will help you feel relaxed and encourage you towards completing your expedition;

You need to arrange

  • Personal equipment, (kit list and guidance will be sent)
  • All of your own food, but again we will provide you with guidance on this prior to the expedition and provide an opportunity to buy food (with guidance from your instructor) before heading out on your expedition.

How to book your place

  1. If you want to sign up you must be over the age of 16 and be enrolled on a Gold DofE programme;
  2. Book online
  3. Or drop us an email if you have any further questions.

Open Gold Qualifying Expedition (only)


Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July 2019


£325. Price includes camping fees.


Lake District

About this expedition

This expedition is for participants that have completed their gold expedition training and practice.

We carry out route planning at a mandatory planning day on the 1st June 2019. You will then plan your final Expedition with your team.

On the planning day we check your route card. You will plot your route on a map and link it with the route cards of your team to complete an expedition map. Decide on the aim of your expedition.

On the planning day, we will also cover:

  • navigation
  • emergency procedures
  • kit check

You will need to bring your own food for the expedition. You will also need to bring a meal for the first evening, or money to buy food in the nearby pub.

You will need to provide evidence that you have received expedition training from a Hampshire DofE Centre.

How to book your place

  1. If you want to sign up you must be over the age of 16 and have completed your gold expedition training and practice expedition
  2. Book online
  3. Or drop us an email if you have any further questions.


Please sent all enquiries to:

Stuart Cousens
Phone: 01962 876315
Mobile: 07714 768182