Gold Expeditionbavaria 2017

Gold Expeditionbavaria 2017

Gold ExpeditionBavaria 2017

Achieving your Award is an adventure from beginning to end and the expedition section can give you some of your most memorable experiences! To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the DofE we have planned a Gold Expedition in the breathtaking countryside of Bavaria. The area where the venture will take place is the Allgäu region in the south- western corner of Germany which extends into Austria and Switzerland. It is great walking country with a whole network of footpaths from high Alpine routes to the broad green ridges of the valley floor. Your venture can include spectacular waterfalls, lakes, and extensive views of mountains, old castles, deep gorges, wildlife, and quaint villages with beautiful churches. We can accommodate groups or individual participants who will then be placed in groups. Once in a group, you’ll plan an aim for your expedition to make sure you’re fully prepared and know what you’re doing! A qualified supervisor will work with your team to organise all of this and help you plan your expedition.

Once you’ve done the preparation the fun starts when you go out and do a practice and then prior to your qualifying expedition there are sightseeing and acclimatization visits planned.Once you’ve completed your final expedition you’ll give a presentation about your adventures and achievements. The whole experience will give you laughs, arguments, joy and frustration along the way. But, by the end, you’ll have better team and leadership skills, not to mention more confidence and lots of great memories!

Expedition Training –The training covers all aspects of the expedition, including equipment, camp craft, catering, navigation, first aid, safety and route planning. This usually takes place at your DofE Award Group.

Practice Expedition - Fully-supervised Practice Expedition over 3 days in an area providing similar conditions to your Qualifying Expedition. The first day will be spent practicing navigation skills whilst out "in the field”,and also supplementing the training delivered on the training sessions, the subsequent days will be under remote supervision to allow you to develop your self-reliance, leadership and teamwork skills.

Thursday 13– Sunday 16July – Northern Pennines

Meet @16:00 Leeds Road Retail Park SCS Car Park Huddersfield HD1 6PF

Pre Expedition Check for Qualifier – All Gold groups must undergo a precheck before their qualifying expedition to check that they are properly equipped to complete the expedition. You will need to bring all your kit for this (excluding perishable food). The date and time for this will be arranged with the groups.

QualifyingExpedition - Fully-supervised Qualifying Expedition assessed by our team of accredited assessors. Qualifying Expeditions meet all the 20 conditions laid down in the DofE Handbook.

Friday 11 –Saturday 19 August

Meet @ 17.30 - Hartshead Service Station Eastbound (M62)& Return @ 07:00 - Hartshead Service Station Westbound (M62)

Expedition Presentation –Aconvenient dateand time for the groups to allow them to share their experiences and fulfil this final part of the gold expedition.

All our instructors have undergone enhanced DBS checksand, are fully qualified outdoor leaders and hold governing body awards and current First Aid certificates. We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service which is part of the Health & Safety Executive.

The cost of the gold expedition package is £775 per person (this does not include food whilst on expedition).Places on this venture are limited and we advise an early response to avoid disappointment. To book a place please complete and return the attached consent form and post to the above address together with a non refundable depositof £180 made payable to Kirklees Council before the closing date ofFriday16December. An information evening will be held at the DofE Marina Project Shepley Bridge Marina, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield. WF14 9HR, on Wednesday 14th September at 6.30pmfor all participants,parents or carersto learn more about the trip and the beautiful area we are visiting and answer any questions.

Yours Sincerely

Denise Bedford

Denise Bedford MBE

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager

Gold Expedition Bavaria 2017

Please read the following information as it will help to prepare for your DofE expedition:

Individuals are responsible for providing all meals whilst on the practice & qualifying ventures - food & nutrition should be covered during the training sessions so please inform whoever is purchasing this. The food you bring must be suitable for a backpacking expedition so please have a look at the information on our web site under the heading Expedition Information, Food Suggestions and choose something that you like and bring it with you.All other meals will be provided. Could you also provide a water bottle that can be filled with squash and refilled several times as opposed to bringing lots of heavy drinks. You will need methylated spirits for your camp stove but an adult will have to purchase this for you and we will loan you a special safety bottle to carry this with you unless you prefer gas, if so we can loan you a special gas adapter but you will need to purchase your own screw top camping gas.

Practice & Qualifying Expeditions

Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner and Supper. (squash and an extra few snacks for the weekend )

Day 2 - Breakfast, lunch, Dinner & Supper

Day 3.Breakfast, lunch, Dinner & Supper

Day 4, Breakfast, lunch

I have included an equipment list of personal items you will require please try and provide as much of this as possible. Appropriate clothing to wear on an expedition will be covered in the training sessions. Some equipmentcan be borrowed from Kirklees. This will be decided in your expedition training groups and booked out with your DofE leader and will bedelivered to your centre at the beginning of the week when you are going on expedition. Have a look at this useful guide before going out and buying expedition gear

Remember on an expedition you will be carrying everything that you bring so think minimalist.

You will also needyour ID number and please make sure that you have entered all the information for your expedition on your edofe account this will allow your assessor to complete the relevant details once you have completed the expedition.

Suggested Kit List



Small German Phrase Book



Ruck Sack*

Drinks Bottle


Walking Socks

Waterproof Coat*

Waterproof Pants*

Fleece (No hoodies)

Appropriate Clothing (No jeans & remember layering clothing is warmer)

Toiletries & small towel (Please keep these to a minimum)

Torch & Batteries

Tea Towel & Washing up liquid/pan scrub, matches

Food the right amount for your expedition

Knife Fork Spoon Plate

Sun Cream/ glasses

Sleeping Bag

Roll Mat*


Any Medication

I D Number & update your e DofE account.

The loan of Items marked with a * and all group equipment can be organised by your expedition leader. Please try and provide as much of this as you can especially walking boots.

Gold Expedition Bavaria 2017

Full Name: / Age in yrs. & months / Date of Birth:
Home Address:
Post Code: / e-mail:
Participant’s Telephone: Home: / Participants Mobile:
Parents/Guardians (inc. phone/contact details):
Alternative Contact (Relative/Friend):
Special Dietary Requirements:
Medical information:
Known Medical Conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc.):
Medication being (or to be) taken: / Dosage:
Known Allergies/Dietary Needs:
Known Phobias or Problems (travel sickness, sleepwalking, dyslexia etc).
Doctor’s Name & Surgery Address:
Date of last tetanus injections:

(Complete below if participant under 18 years)

I have completed the details above and authorise my son/daughter to take part in the above project

We will take photographs of the participants whilst on expedition and upload these onto the DofE web site Participants can access these and use them in their presentations.

Signed………………………………………………………………………… Date:

Please return the completed form together with acheque payable to Kirklees Council