The aim of the Expedition section: to inspire young people to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an adventurous self-sufficient journey, as part of a team. We’ve compiled a range of expedition resources to support throughout.
From cycling in the Galloway Hills, walking in the Brecon Beacons or canoeing down the Thames, to sailing in the Mediterranean, horse riding in Chile or walking in the Atlas Mountains, participants choose where and how they want to undertake their expedition.
The Expedition section of the DofE involves planning, training for a completing an unaccompanied, self-sufficient expedition with an agreed aim.
All participants must have appropriate training, do at least one practice expedition in the UK, complete a qualifying expedition (the one that is assessed) and deliver a presentation in order to complete the section.
We have fantastic expedition resources available to support you and your group during the preparation and undertaking of the expedition section. Download, share or print all of our expedition resources below.
The guide is aimed at helping participants and parents to choose and then find the right kit for their expeditions and DofE adventures.
Expedition equipment can be divide into five categories: clothing, personal and emergency equipment, personal camping equipment, team camping equipment and equipment related to the mode of travel.
For DofE qualifying expeditions participants will also need equipment related to their aim, project and investigation methods.
Having the right equipment is essential for expedition safety and well-being as well as comfort and enjoyment.
A lot of expedition equipment can be borrowed from friends, family and Licensed Organisations, allowing participants to save money and test and use a wide range of equipment.
All participants should have their own clothing and boots and may also want to buy some items of personal and emergency equipment like their rucksack and sleeping bag.
Practice expeditions are the best time to learn what to take and what to leave behind.
Modern bags are designed to keep the load near the bearer’s centre of gravity.
Participants need to maintain this by placing heavy items as close to the body as possible and high up towards the shoulders.
Sleeping bags and clothing, although bulky, are often comparatively light and as they are not needed during the day they should go in the bottom of the pack.
Teams should divide up team equipment like the tent, food, stove and fuel equally and these items be placed near the top.
Good expedition catering is one the best team building activities of the Expedition section. Getting teams to cook from scratch, prepare meals themselves at home, manage a team budget, choose and agree a menu and share meals are all excellent for team building and developing life skills.
Participants should be not be taught to think of expedition food as dull, functional or unpleasant.
It is an opportunity for them to be creative, show off and use it as a core part of a positive expedition experience.
The most popular stoves are those fuelled by gas or methylated spirits.
Participants need to be well trained and experienced in using cooking stoves in the outdoors before going on expedition.
This includes handling fuel, fuelling and refuelling the stove.
DofE participants and adults must follow the instructions and safety guidance given by the manufacturer of the stove they choose to use.