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Holidays and mini breaks

Holidays and mini breaks

19th Jan 2018 in General
 
Did you know that January is the most popular time of year to book a holiday? Give yourself that special trip in 2018 through our specially selected partners that offer exclusive discounts to the DofE. Fancy a cosy cabin break with friends or family? Visit one of Forest Holiday’s seven idyllic locations across the UK ...

New Year, new plans, new habits

New Year, new plans, new habits

2nd Jan 2018 in General
 
2018 is here! Start the year as you mean to go on with our inspirational New Year’s resolutions and top tips for sticking to them. The most common New Year’s resolution is to be more active, with a number of people aiming to do something about their health or wellbeing. Make yourself (and your bank ...

How to look after your kit store

How to look after your kit store

17th Oct 2017 in Advice, Expedition, General
 
How to look after your kit store By Ollie Dibbens and Ian Newbery As the expedition season draws to a close, it’s time to think about the state of your kit store.  DofE expedition experts Ollie Dibbens, Operations Officer, and Ian Newbery, DofE Programme and Quality Manager, give their advice on how to clean, maintain ...

The Official DofE Clothing range

The Official DofE Clothing range

5th Oct 2017 in DofE Clothing, General
 
What you said, what we’re doing and what’s next It’s been three years since we launched the Official DofE Clothing range and the ideal time for a review of the range, in anticipation of a new look, new season and a new clothing partner. We wanted to hear what you thought of the products and ...

YHA myths and legends

YHA myths and legends

18th Sep 2017 in Advice, Partner News, YHA
 
By YHA What do you think of when someone says ‘youth hostel’? YHA is asked lots of questions by DofE participants who are new to hostelling. Read below to discover how staying with YHA isn’t your typical hostel experience. What can I expect when I stay with YHA? When you stay with YHA, you can ...

Craghoppers ambassadors wanted!

Craghoppers ambassadors wanted!

22nd Jun 2017 in Craghoppers, General
 
As a partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Craghoppers provide young people with DofE tested and recommended clothing for their tasking expeditions. From walking trousers to insulating layers, you can find the clothing you require for your upcoming Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition on the Craghoppers website. The latest additions to the partnership include ...

Cooking on your DofE Expedition

Cooking on your DofE Expedition

6th Jun 2017 in Expedition, General, Trangia
 
By Trangia   It is often thought that cooking a great meal to compete with a home-cooked Sunday roast, in the great outdoors, is an impossible task. Most will settle for a tin of beans or some plain pasta on their expedition. However, there are many exciting and fun ways to cook a filling and ...

How to ‘sleep under the stars’ on expedition

How to ‘sleep under the stars’ on expedition

9th May 2017 in Expedition, General, Vango
 
By Vango Sleeping under the stars will be an unforgettable experience during your DofE expedition. There’s lots of things that you can do to make your stay in the outdoors fun and comfortable from choosing the right pitch to taking a stash of your favourite sweets (for energy after all that trekking!). Firstly, choosing the ...

What you need to know about waterproofing

What you need to know about waterproofing

27th Apr 2017 in Advice, Expedition, Nikwax
 
How to stay dry, warm and comfortable on your expedition By Nikwax   Whether you’re working towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or helping others to do so, keeping your kit dry on expedition will be a top priority. With the British weather as unpredictable as ever, keeping your outdoor clothing and equipment dry could ...

How to use The Layering System

How to use The Layering System

17th Mar 2017 in Advice, Craghoppers, Expedition, General
 
How to use The Layering System By Craghoppers If you’re planning what to wear on a cold winter walk, it can often be tempting to pick out the warmest, biggest jacket you own. However, this isn’t always the best solution – despite being the most obvious – and it is even more important when planning ...

27 ways to save your soles

27 ways to save your soles

28th Feb 2017 in Advice, Expedition, General
 
No other piece of kit affects the enjoyment of your expedition more than what you put on your feet. We’ve compiled 27 ways for you to take care of your boots, socks and feet before, during and after your expedition. Choosing your footwear Getting the right material for you – leather boot are very durable ...

Choosing a Trekking Rucksack – Five Top Tips from Vango

Choosing a Trekking Rucksack – Five Top Tips from Vango

31st Jan 2017 in Advice, Expedition, General, Vango
 
If you’re completing your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, one of the most essential pieces of equipment you will need is a good trekking rucksack. However, finding the perfect backpack can be a little overwhelming. There are a seemingly endless number of styles, sizes and shapes to choose from, so where do you start? Find the ...