Preparations continue for DofE expeditions to restart at some point over the summer – we have been talking about the issues and preparing since the pandemic started, and we hope that we will be able to return to some semblance of normality soon.

To that end, we are monitoring the news daily and are in touch with the DofE, our insurers, schools and education authorities to see what will happen. We have had some activities approved by Public Health England in some of our areas of operation, but we expect that the next major step will be taken in July when Stage 3 of the Government’s Road Map will be announced.

Clearly we will stay in touch with everyone who has booked; please remember that we have a special ‘Covid proof’ policy for bookings this autumn – if you have to change or cancel for any Covid-19 related reason, you’ll get a full refund or free postponement without question – all you have to do is let us know in advance of your expedition. There are no ‘administration fees’ or catches.

Camping on your Gold DofE

We will at all times follow the Government guidelines and make it clear what these are, and in addition put into place extra measures – Government advice may not be as detailed as, for example, how to use maps and compasses on an expedition, so we will take that into account – just as you’d expect.

Our measures will include:

  • A tent for each participant. You won’t be asked to carry a whole tent when normally you may have carried only a part of one each, but will carry something. The extra tents will be delivered to the campsite. This is acceptable to the DofE and is permitted under the current circumstances.
  • Each participant will have their own map and compass
  • Each participant will have their own cooking gear and will cook their own food – again where this results in a disadvantage because food can’t be split, we will help with transportation
  • We will supply masks and hand sanitiser for any periods where people may be together (you won’t need to wear these whilst walking!)
  • Staff will stay a safe distance away and participants will be supervised for distancing – social distancing will be considered and applied in every situation
  • All expedition equipment will be quarantined for 72 hours after use

To book your Open Gold DofE expedition with us in The Lake District, Peak District or Sussex (2020 only)
call us on 01273 487509

Navigating on your Gold DofE