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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Win, buy and save at DofE Shopping

9th Oct 2018 in General, Partner News

Each time you use an offer or buy a product featured on DofE Shopping, you will generate a small donation to the DofE charity. This means you save while the charity earns, helping even more young people do their DofE. DofE Shopping is the home of the DofE Expedition Kit List, DofE Expedition Kit Guide, and

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Expedition preparation for DofE participants

14th Sep 2018 in Advice, Expedition, General

“DofE expeditions provide a unique reason and opportunity to explore some of the truly amazing places to be discovered around the British Isles or even abroad” – Ray Mears, survival and wilderness expert To help you get ready for your expeditions, we’ve pulled together our most popular expedition kit resources so you know what kit

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Expedition preparation for DofE Leaders

10th Sep 2018 in Advice, Expedition, General

“DofE expeditions provide a unique reason and opportunity to explore some of the truly amazing places to be discovered around the British Isles or even abroad” – Ray Mears, survival and wilderness expert In a recent survey of over 600 DofE Leaders and volunteers, nearly a quarter said they start talking about expedition preparation with

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Save on eight autumn activities with the DofE

29th Aug 2018 in General

Make the most of autumn. From countryside getaways to paintballing days out, as part of your involvement with the DofE you have access to a range of exclusive discounts. See the city lights for less Soak up the culture in great city locations. From London to Liverpool, Cambridge to Canterbury, YHA offers unique and affordable

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Six days out ideas for August

21st Aug 2018 in General

August is almost over. Fill your last summer days with fun activities with friends and family. Save on all our days out with exclusive DofE discounts. Explore the forest on two wheels Explore the forest terrain and discover incredible off-road trails on two wheels. An hour long segway adventure with Go Ape adds a whole

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Eating on your expedition

14th May 2018 in General

Making a meal together is one of the best team-building activities of the Expedition section. Getting your group to plan your meals, cook from scratch, manage a team budget, choose and agree on a menu and share food are all excellent for developing life skills. Don’t think of expedition food as dull! This is a

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The DofE Buff goes on a Gold expedition

13th Apr 2018 in General

Two open Gold groups recently set out on their expedition to the epic Scottish Highlands and debuted the new expedition accessory – the DofE Buff. First of all you might be wondering, what is a Buff? A Buff is a type of headwear or neckwear that can be worn in a number of different ways

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Have 12 new experiences this Easter with the DofE

27th Mar 2018 in General

The Easter holidays are here! now is a great time to start planning things to do. Deciding on activities can be hard when you’re trying to make everyone happy, so we have tried to make that choice a little easier by splitting experiences into three categories; Do something you’ve never done before; Relax and unwind

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Why should I bother to sign up for more DofE emails!?!?

22nd Mar 2018 in General

by Siobhan Cronin Commercial Manager at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The new data regulations are being put in place to reduce the amount of unwanted emails. So you are going to be asking yourself the question ‘Do I want to receive emails from this brand, about their product or service?’ on a regular basis.

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What to look for in your expedition rucksack

12th Mar 2018 in Advice, General, Vango

Choosing a new rucksack for your DofE expedition? The decision will depend on budget, function, fit and comfort. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a great backpack which will last through your expedition and beyond. When picking your rucksack, look for quality components, robust fabrics and a back system

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Our top ten expedition accessories

15th Feb 2018 in General

Whether you are doing a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE programme, making sure you’ve got the right kit for your expedition is key. A good first step is our DofE Expedition Kit Guide, aimed at helping participants and parents understand the needs of kit for their expeditions. Read our Expedition Kit Guide here. Once you’ve

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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

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