Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Expedition

DoE Gold Expedition

For your Expedition section of your Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you will need to plan, train for and complete an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim.  You must do the correct training for your level and mode of travel, at least one practice expedition, a qualifying expedition (the one that is assessed) and a final presentation in order to complete the section.

Your expedition must be completed by your own physical efforts (but you have loads of choices, not just on foot!) with minimal external intervention and without motorised assistance.  Your route should also be a continuous journey. At Gold your expedition must be in wild country.

Adventure Kent - 2018

Adventure Kent is in a position to support both small school groups and individuals who are aiming to complete their expeditions. We use the Swattenden Centre in Kent available for training and preparation, and the Kent Mountain centre set in the heart of magnificent Snowdonia as the base for the practice and assessed expeditions. Our instructors will take you through all the required stages for your expedition.



An evening to set out expectations, discuss programme, discuss participant expectations. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend.

Training Programme

Three days (separate weekends) at Swattenden Centre in Kent. Training is compulsory, but candidates who can produce evidence of having previously completed this can be exempted from these sessions. Programme covers the following training relevant to the wild country environment where the expedition is taking place:

  • First aid and emergency procedures.
  • Navigation and route planning.
  • An awareness of risk and health & safety issues.
  • Camp craft, equipment and hygiene.
  • Food, cooking and safe use of stoves.
  • Countryside and highway codes.
  • Observation and recording.
  • Team building.
  • Proficiency in the mode of travel.
Preparation Programme

Two days and a weekend at Swattenden Centre in Kent. The purpose is to establish teams, choose expedition routes and complete all of the preparatory paperwork tasks. It will also be used to verify technical skills, knowledge and fitness necessary for a Wild Country Expedition. The first event meals will be included. The second meeting is over a weekend and will involve camping overnight. Equipment will be available to borrow. Food must be brought by participants. Details and expectations for these sessions will be explained in full at the Induction Meeting.

Kit Check

What it says. Compulsory for all expeditioners. A day at the Swattenden Centre.

Practice Expedition

This is an opportunity to complete a full Wild Country Practice Expedition in north Wales, based at the Kent Mountain Centre. You travel to Wales, and are accommodated at KMC before embarking on your journey, returning to KMC at the end. Travel to and from Wales is provided. The process includes a skills assessment, with additional training if necessary, to fully prepare a participant for their future Qualifying Expedition.

For teams who can produce evidence that they have already completed a practice expedition, it will be possible for them to be assessed.

Assessed Expedition

Once again this will be base at the Kent Mountain Centre in beautiful Snowdonia. We organise the transport up to KMC and you are accommodated there before setting off on your expedition.

Dates and Costs

To be confirmed - watch this space.

Contact and Applications

For full details and an application form email: Kent Mountain Centre