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Bronze DofE Expedition Information

30th January 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Working with Wychwood School, A to Z Expeditions is helping to deliver their Bronze DofE training and expeditions.

D of E expeditions must be unaccompanied, self-reliant and by the participants own physical efforts. For the Bronze Award participants need to complete a challenging, 2-day expedition carrying all of their kit, walking an average of 14 kilometers per day and camping overnight.

Attending and successfully completing each part of the programme is compulsory.
Participants will be assessed throughout and are required to demonstrate they have acquired the necessary skills before they can move onto the next part of the programme. This is a tough but very rewarding challenge.

For Wychwood School we have planned the following programme:

Pre-expedition training – School
Sunday 8th March 2020 10.00am – 4.00pm
Our aim is to ensure that participants are prepared for their Practice Expedition. It is essential that all participants attend this day. It is not necessary for them to bring full expedition kit, but we will be outside for part of the day, so they will need to wear clothing that will keep them warm and dry. There will be an opportunity at the end of the day for parents to ask us questions.

Training Expedition – Chiltern Hills
Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st May 2020
Transport plans will be provided nearer the time.
Day 1 includes training on navigation and a walk of approximately 10km. Day 2 involves journeying unaccompanied for a distance of approximately 14km. Although officially unaccompanied, we will be monitoring the progress and safety of the groups by remote supervision.

Qualifying Expedition – Chiltern Hills
Saturday 13th– Sunday 14th June 2020
Transport plans will be provided nearer the time.
Participants will undertake a two-day unaccompanied journey, walking approximately 14km each day, with overnight camps enroute. Although officially unaccompanied, we will be monitoring the progress and safety of the groups by remote supervision.

Giving Your Consent
In order to submit your DofE Expedition paperwork, A to Z Expeditions needs you to complete a consent form. Please do this as soon as possible and no later than Friday 14th January 2020. Please note that any participants without a consent form will be withdrawn from the programme.

We have developed a secure system, which will allow you to give your consent online. Simply log on to this link with the participant, fill in the boxes, read the declaration and give your consent. The process can be done from anywhere, on any device and should take no more than 5 minutes. Once you have filled in all the information and clicked ‘save’ you will be able to download a pdf copy for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email from us.

Equipment and Food
Expedition kit and food will be covered on the pre-expedition training day. If you have any questions please take a look at the frequently asked questions page on our website at or get in touch.

We provide Tents, Stoves, Maps, Group Shelters, Group First Aid kits and tracking devices – you need to provide all personal expedition kit. This doesn’t mean that you need to go to great expense; you may be able to borrow kit from friends and family.

For safety reasons we insist that all participants have proper walking boots which cover the ankle bone and provide sufficient support and grip. It is important that boots fit properly so we would suggest visiting a good outdoor shop for advice. The earlier you purchase boots the more time you will have to break them in.

Various retailers offer discounts to DofE participants. Details will be given to you when you enrol on the award.

Insurance and refunds
Please note that expedition deposits (£50) are non-refundable. Expedition balance payments are nonrefundable less than 28 days prior to start of the programme. We strongly recommend that you take out personal insurance which will cover your child for cancellation due to illness or injury and will cover personal kit during the expedition. A travel insurance policy which covers walking/trekking and camping should be suitable.

We are fully insured to carry out all training and expedition activities. Further details of our insurance policy are available on request. DofE also provides limited personal accident cover for participants at

What can you do now?
In addition to supporting participants in the other sections of the award you can encourage them to start training for the expedition, the fitter they are the more likely they will have a successful expedition and an enjoyable experience.

Walking is the best form of training, gradually build up the distance towards a goal of comfortably walking 14km. Pounding the pavements is great training, but make sure that training includes hills and rough ground too. It is also important to build up to carrying a rucksack whilst training. We recommend gradually increasing the weight carried (tins of beans and bottles of water are great for this) to mimic a full expedition pack which is likely to weigh 15kg or more.

Hopefully we have been able to answer most of your questions but please get in touch if you have any queries about the expedition programme at

Yours Sincerely,
Olivia Khan-Davis
A to Z Expeditions