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Expedition Guidelines


Expedition Length


Planned Daily Daytime Activity

Approx Distance

Type of Country
2 Days + 1 Night
6 Hours
15 Miles (24km)
Normal rural countryside - may be familiar
3 Days + 2 Nights
7 Hours
30 Miles (48km)
Normal rural - some open country or forest. More demanding
4 Days + 3 Nights
8 Hours
50 Miles (80km)
Wild Country - Remote from habitation

Each expedition must have an aim which should be identified during the planning stage. Check the possible aims on the DofE website. Please make sure that the group meets the 20 conditions set out by the dofe. Check the Expedition Section on the dofe website.

Participants must be well trained and do sufficient practice journeys to ensure competence for level of expedition, and have the right equipment. Teams consist of 4-7 people and all must be involved in the planning.

The planned hours of daytime activity do not include time spent pitching/striking camp or catering. The minimum journeying distance each day is 3 miles for bronze, 3.5 miles for silver and 4 miles for gold..

At least one substantial meal should be cooked by the team each day, apart from the last day.

Afterwards the participants must review the expedition and give an account or presentation of their aim. There should be a debrief with the assessor immediately following completion of the expedition.

The presentation can be written or verbal and can include powerpoint or other medium; photographs etc. It can be a group or individual presentation to suit the needs of the individuals. It can be given to the assessor at the end of the expedition or to the supervisor/leader later on.

Practice journeys for Silver and Gold should be at least 2 nights.

Practice journeys and qualifying expeditions in "Wild Country" (Expedition Areas) must be notified at least 4 weeks before the expedition, using a Green form. These can be downloaded or filled in online. Please send a copy to the County Adviser and the Expedition Area.. (see section on Wild Country)

For qualifying ventures in "Wild Country" at least one practice must also be in a "Wild Country" environment.

Practice and qualifying ventures should ideally be in the same expedition season which is between 1st April and 31st October.

Members must be of a similar age and level of experience and within the Award age range.

Participants being assessed at different levels should not be on the same expedition.

The expedition should be assessed by an approved DofE Assessor and have an adult supervisor who is responsible for the safety of the group. The expedition must be unaccompanied and self-sufficient, and without any motorised assistance. The group must plan and organise the expedition.


Someone who has already achieved a level equivalent to or higher than the qualifying venture cannot be used to make up the numbers.

Teams can include members not being assessed but those members must fulfil the other criteria relating to age, experience and level of Award gained.

Usually accommodation is by lightweight camping but permission to use alternatives such as bothies, barns, hostels etc may be sought from the County Adviser. In such cases teams should be able to maintain their independence and appropriate safety measures taken when using sleeping accommodation open to other users. Check the 20 conditions. All expeditions need a NAN Form sent to the DC. and a Nights Away Event Passport issued by a Leader with the appropriate Nights Away Permit. For more info.check the Expedition part of the D of E website. The Scout Activity Authorisation rules apply. See Here..

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