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11 ways to make your summer memorable

11 ways to make your summer memorable

17th Jun 2019 in General
 
Thinking of what to do this summer? From escape rooms to city breaks, we’ve picked our favourite ideas to make your summer great. What’s even better? You can save up to 20%. For the thrill seekers Theme parks Get an adrenaline rush on your favourite roller coaster. Book your accommodation through Super Break and add ...

Cooking on a DofE expedition

Cooking on a DofE expedition

3rd Jun 2019 in General
 
Making a meal together is one of the best team building activities of the Expedition section and helps develop important life skills by: Choosing and agreeing on ingredients Managing a budget Preparing and packaging food Cooking from scratch Sharing meals The expedition aim: participants must plan an appropriate expedition menu, including cooking and eating a ...

11 ways to protect against the weather

11 ways to protect against the weather

14th May 2019 in Expedition, General
 
The weather can be unpredictable. Last year, the DofE expedition season saw both snow and 30-degree heat, so you need to be prepared for any eventuality. Protect yourself, whatever the weather, with the right kit for your expedition. From expedition essentials to extras that will make you more comfortable, we’ve picked our top products for ...

It’s all in the details

It’s all in the details

29th Apr 2019 in General
 
By CraghoppersAdvertisement feature Doing your DofE is the first of many adventures in your life. But before you start, there is some planning to do. With an upcoming expedition or other outdoor adventures, you need to be sure you have the right gear for the job. It will make your whole experience so much more ...

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 ...