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Greater London South West

DofE Bronze and Silver Expeditions

This is the expedition programme for 2020. Within GLSW, we are aware of 3 Districts offering DofE walking expeditions and they are often available to Explorer Scouts in other Districts. We'd recommend you sign up for the expedition with the most convenient dates and training location. Places are limited so early applications are essential. If you are an Explorer Scout in a unit that is not organising its own DofE expedition, you need to make sure you sign up for one - this is not automatic as part of the DofE registration process.

Croydon District

Croydon's DofE club meets in central Croydon and offers help to all Guide/Senior Section, Explorer/Network Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders under 25, towards completion of all DofE award levels as well as organising expedition training and expeditions.

Croydon DofE Club Flyer and Programme 2020

Croydon DofE Club Application Form 2020

Sutton District

Simon Keen, District DofE Advisor, Sutton District, runs expedition training and expeditions based at 8th Cheam's Scout HQ in Cheam Village for any Explorer Scouts in GLSW. The dates for 2020 Bronze and Silver DofE and Chief Scout's Platinum (CSPA)/Diamond (CSDA) Award expeditions are:

- Initial training session: Saturday 25th January 2020, 10am to 4pm, at 8th Cheam
- Navigation training day: Sunday 7th February 2020, 10am to 4pm, on Wimbledon Common
- Final training session and practice expedition planning: Saturday 7th March 2020, 10am to 4pm, at 8th Cheam
- Bronze/CSPA practice expedition: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th April 2020
- Silver/CSDA practice expedition: Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April 2020
- Practice debrief and qualifying expedition planning: Saturday 6th June, 2020 10am to 5pm, 8th Cheam
- Bronze/CSPA qualifying expedition: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2020
- Silver/CSDA qualifying expedition: Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2020

Expedition venues will depend on where those wishing to do their Silver/Diamond went for their Bronze/Platinum expeditions, but the plan is that practice expeditions will be on the Surrey Hills (Bronze/Platinum) and in the Chiltern Hills (Silver/Diamond). Costs will depend on numbers and venues, and so will be confirmed to participants, but should be in the region of £25-£35 for the Bronze practice and qualifying expeditions and £50-£70 for the Silver practice and qualifying expeditions. There is no charge for the training itself.

These expeditions are all for Explorer Scouts wishing to undertake their expeditions by foot and are open to any Explorer Scouts in GLSW. Anyone wishing to undertake expeditions by alternative means of travel should please let Simon know and he will try put them in touch with others doing the same thing.

It is critical that any Explorer Scout wishing to take part in these expeditions is available for both the practice and qualifying expeditions, and ideally they would attend all the training sessions. The dates may not work for everyone (especially with exams) and so if anyone has issues with any particular date they should please contact me to see what can be made to work. Depending on which one it is, missing one training or planning session may not be an issue.

Explorer Scouts are welcome to join us even if they are undertaking the rest of their award through school/cadets/another organisation. Our expeditions offer substantially better value for money than expeditions run by most schools and, because Explorer Scouts tend to have a higher base level of ability and competence, the quality of the expedition experience that we offer is better than many schools can match, too.

Parents should email Simon Keen to sign up for an expedition (and also to let me know which Explorer Unit they are from). Details will be confirmed and communicated by email to parents, with relevant leaders copied in.

Richmond District Expeditions

Dave Wright, District DofE Advisor, Richmond District, runs DofE expedition training based in Whitton in parallel with the Sutton District training in Cheam.  These are open to all Explorer Scouts in GLSW.

The dates for 2020 Bronze and Silver DofE and Chief Scout's Platinum (CSPA)/Diamond (CSDA) Award expeditions are:

- Initial training session: Saturday 1st February 2020, 10am to 4pm, at Kerswell Hall, Whitton 
- Navigation training day: Sunday 7th February 2020, 10am to 4pm, on Wimbledon Common
- Final training session and practice expedition planning: Sunday 15th March 2020, 10am to 4pm, at Kerswell Hall, Whitton 
- Bronze/CSPA practice expedition: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th April 2020  
- Silver/CSDA practice expedition: Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April 2020 
- Practice debrief and qualifying expedition planning: Saturday 6th June, 2020 10am to 5pm, 8th Cheam
- Bronze/CSPA qualifying expedition: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2020
- Silver/CSDA qualifying expedition: Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2020

Expedition venues will depend on where those wishing to do their Silver/Diamond went for their Bronze/Platinum expeditions, but the plan is that practice expeditions will be on the Surrey Hills (Bronze/Platinum) and in the Chiltern Hills (Silver/Diamond). Costs will depend on numbers and venues, and so will be confirmed to participants, but should be in the region of £25-£35 for the Bronze practice and qualifying expeditions and £50-£70 for the Silver practice and qualifying expeditions. There is no charge for the training itself.

These expeditions are all for Explorer Scouts wishing to undertake their expeditions by foot and are open to any Explorer Scouts in GLSW. Anyone wishing to undertake expeditions by alternative means of travel should please let Simon know and he will try put them in touch with others doing the same thing.

It is critical that any Explorer Scout wishing to take part in these expeditions is available for both the practice and qualifying expeditions, and ideally they would attend all the training sessions. The dates may not work for everyone (especially with exams) and so if anyone has issues with any particular date they should please contact me to see what can be made to work. Depending on which one it is, missing one training or planning session may not be an issue.

Explorer Scouts are welcome to join us even if they are undertaking the rest of their award through school/cadets/another organisation. Our expeditions offer substantially better value for money than expeditions run by most schools and, because Explorer Scouts tend to have a higher base level of ability and competence, the quality of the expedition experience that we offer is better than many schools can match, too.

Parents should email Dave Wright to sign up for an expedition (and also to let me know which Explorer Unit they are from). Details will be confirmed and communicated by email to parents, with relevant leaders copied in.

Royal Kingston District

Bronze and Silver DofE participants in Royal Kingston looking for an expedition are encouraged to sign up for either the Sutton and Richmond expeditions (details above).

Wimbledon and Wandle Please contact your Explorer Leader for details of expeditions in Wimbledon and Wandle District. Explorers are also welcome to sign up for the Sutton and Richmond expeditions (details above).


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