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How do DofE expedition kit partners help the environment?

How do DofE expedition kit partners help the environment?

17th Apr 2019 in General
 
Our DofE expedition kit partners are proud to support the DofE. They are all inspired by the great outdoors and encourage people to get outside, however they also work hard to be responsible businesses and to respect our planet. In this time of ‘fast fashion’, find out how our expedition kit partners are taking positive ...

Smarter teams

Smarter teams

3rd Apr 2019 in General
 
Getting involved with the DofE is a great team builder – for participants and volunteers alike. We’ve seen an increase recently in schools getting DofE Clothing. Here’s why, from four DofE volunteers… Why did you order DofE Clothing? “I ordered them as I think it adds value to our provision – it’s a small gesture ...

DofE participants putting Wayfayrer expedition food to the test

DofE participants putting Wayfayrer expedition food to the test

19th Mar 2019 in General
 
Wayfayrer is a leading expedition food brand and now features on the DofE Kit List. Wayfayrer food includes a range of meals and puddings that can be packed easily in a rucksack and eaten on expeditions, filling you up with hassle free cooking.  We decided to see what one group of hungry participants thought of ...

Looking after your feet on expedition

Looking after your feet on expedition

4th Mar 2019 in General
 
No other piece of kit affects the enjoyment of your expedition more than what you put on your feet. We’ve compiled our top tips and advice on how to look after your feet before, during and after your expedition. Before your expedition Choose your socks first, so you can then wear them whilst trying out ...

What to look for in a DofE rucksack

What to look for in a DofE rucksack

25th Feb 2019 in Expedition, General, Vango
 
The type of rucksack you choose to use is very important when it comes to your DofE expedition. Get it right, and it can make your expedition. Get it wrong, and you could be in for a long, uncomfortable journey. When picking your rucksack, look for quality components, robust fabrics and a back system that ...

Expedition kit jargon busting – tents

Expedition kit jargon busting – tents

11th Feb 2019 in General
 
Have you ever wondered if hoop tents are better than geodesic, what ‘Hydrostatic Head’ actually means and if you even need to worry about it? Vango have created a guide to help DofE Leaders and volunteers like you understand what the different features of expedition kit actually mean and how to meet the needs of ...

The layering system – what do you need to know?

The layering system – what do you need to know?

15th Jan 2019 in Craghoppers, Expedition, General
 
By Craghoppers Tempted to wear your thickest jacket for a cold winter’s day walk or setting out on your expedition? It seems like the right decision , but wearing several thinner layers – which can be added or removed depending on the weather– is by far the best solution and an essential consideration when planning ...

Group stays with YHA in 2019

Group stays with YHA in 2019

9th Jan 2019 in General, Partner News, YHA
 
Planning a school trip or group outing in 2019? Thinking about where you could stay? YHA offer the DofE a 10% discount on group bookings of 16 or more through the group reservation team. This saving is available on five different packages; bed only, bed and breakfast, half board with packed lunch, half board with ...

The DofE Card is for Christmas, not just for expeditions

The DofE Card is for Christmas, not just for expeditions

3rd Dec 2018 in General
 
Save this Christmas with your DofE Card and Voucher at GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors and Tiso. We’ve hand-picked our favourite gifts for you and your loved ones. From camping mugs to fitness trackers, there’s something for everyone. You’ll save at least 10%, and often up to 40%, on our featured items and much ...

Be proud of your DofE Award

Be proud of your DofE Award

26th Nov 2018 in General
 
Doing your DofE is an amazing but challenging experience. It’s an achievement Award holders should feel very proud of, developing skills such as confidence and team work. We recently spoke to three young people who completed their DofE in 2018, an Award holder from 1967 and a parent whose son recently achieved his Bronze DofE ...

The DofE Christmas Gift Guide

The DofE Christmas Gift Guide

19th Nov 2018 in General
 
Looking for Christmas present ideas and don’t know where to begin? Whether you’re a parent trying to please a teen, a teacher thinking of a Secret Santa gift or you just need ideas for your family or friends, we can help.  Read our guide on how you can buy and save up to 20% on our ...

Save on half term adventures

Save on half term adventures

15th Oct 2018 in General
 
Pack your half term with fun family days out before winter sets in and the countdown to Christmas begins. Everyone involved with the DofE can save up to 20% with our exclusive discounts. Please note: every time you use one of our discounts, you generate a small donation to the DofE charity. Feet to the ...