There are 20 basic conditions specified by the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award – these ensure that expeditions are all run to the same standard and that, most importantly, every participant has gained a worthwhile and challenging award. We have listed the conditions, and how TrekCo ensures that your expedition with us fulfils the conditions.

The 20 Conditions of DofE Expeditions

1.Must be by the participants’ own physical effort, without motorised or outside assistance

Participants will undertake the expedition by their chosen method of transport – sometimes by bike or canoe, but in the majority of cases walking.

2. Must be unaccompanied and self-sufficient

The group is unaccompanied on expeditions, but will be met at checkpoints where supervisors are able to monitor their continuing progress, condition and morale.

3.Supervised by an adult who is able to accept responsibility for the safety of the team

All teams will have a qualified Expedition Leader overseeing their expedition, in addition to the member of staff from the school (except for ‘Open’ expeditions).

4. Must have an aim

The expedition’s aim is always chosen by the team, with the itinerary being agreed to meet this aim. We ensure that the aim is realistic and has been thought through.

5. All participants must be properly equipped

It is an inherent part of the pre-expedition training that we assess the equipment needs of participants. We have a supply of personal equipment for loan, and as standard we supply group equipment – tents, stoves, group shelters and any other group items needed.

6. Participants must have completed the required training and practice expeditions

In most cases this will have been completed with TrekCo; if completed elsewhere then we will verify that each participant has completed the requirements.

7. One practice expedition must be undertaken

This will be undertaken as a part of our programme. In the case of ‘Open’ expeditions we will check that this has been completed.

8. Team must plan and organise their own expedition

TrekCo help groups to plan and organise sensibly within the parameters available for the expedition.

9. Assessment must be by an approved assessor

Assessors are provided by TrekCo for all DofE expeditions

10. There must be between 4 and 7 in a team

This is a standard requirement; groups are usually predetermined by the school or college.

11. Must be within the qualifying age of programme level

This will be verified from participants’ logbooks.

12. Participants must be at the same level of assessment

Each assessment is run for one level only.

13. The team must not include those who have completed the same or higher level expedition

This will be verified from participants’ logbooks.

14. Accommodation should be by camping

We provide tents, as well as other group equipment.

15. The expedition must be of the correct duration Bronze – 2 days and 1 night, Silver 3 days and 2 nights and Gold 4 days and 3 nights.

This is a standard requirement; in addition there are minimum requirements for travelling time which we will supervise.

16. Expedition should normally take place between end of March and end of October

Please ensure that your dates are booked plenty of time in advance, as the summer season in particular can be very busy.

17. The expedition should take place in the recommended environment

TrekCo run expeditions in appropriate areas for each Award level.

18. Expedition must meet the minimum hours of planned activity

These are: Bronze 6 hours planned activity of which at least 3 hours journeying, Silver 7 hours planned activity of which at least 3.5 hours journeying, and Gold 8 hours planned activity, of which 4 hours journeying.

19. A substantial meal should be cooked and eaten by the participants each day

We will train participants in menu selection appropriate for expeditions, and in how to cook safely using the stoves provided.

20. A presentation must be prepared and delivered after the expedition

The team’s presentation will normally be made at school or college, and we will discuss this with the teacher in charge.