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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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