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Eating on your expedition

14th May 2018 in General

Making a meal together is one of the best team-building activities of the Expedition section. Getting your group to plan your meals, cook from scratch, manage a team budget, choose and agree on a menu and share food are all excellent for developing life skills. Don’t think of expedition food as dull! This is a

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The DofE Buff goes on a Gold expedition

13th Apr 2018 in General

Two open Gold groups recently set out on their expedition to the epic Scottish Highlands and debuted the new expedition accessory – the DofE Buff. First of all you might be wondering, what is a Buff? A Buff is a type of headwear or neckwear that can be worn in a number of different ways

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Have 12 new experiences this Easter with the DofE

27th Mar 2018 in General

The Easter holidays are here! now is a great time to start planning things to do. Deciding on activities can be hard when you’re trying to make everyone happy, so we have tried to make that choice a little easier by splitting experiences into three categories; Do something you’ve never done before; Relax and unwind

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Why should I bother to sign up for more DofE emails!?!?

22nd Mar 2018 in General

by Siobhan Cronin Commercial Manager at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The new data regulations are being put in place to reduce the amount of unwanted emails. So you are going to be asking yourself the question ‘Do I want to receive emails from this brand, about their product or service?’ on a regular basis.

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What to look for in your expedition rucksack

12th Mar 2018 in Advice, General, Vango

Choosing a new rucksack for your DofE expedition? The decision will depend on budget, function, fit and comfort. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a great backpack which will last through your expedition and beyond. When picking your rucksack, look for quality components, robust fabrics and a back system

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Our top ten expedition accessories

15th Feb 2018 in General

Whether you are doing a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE programme, making sure you’ve got the right kit for your expedition is key. A good first step is our DofE Expedition Kit Guide, aimed at helping participants and parents understand the needs of kit for their expeditions. Read our Expedition Kit Guide here. Once you’ve

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Holidays and mini breaks

19th Jan 2018 in General

Did you know that January is the most popular time of year to book a holiday? Give yourself that special trip in 2018 through our specially selected partners that offer exclusive discounts to the DofE. Fancy a cosy cabin break with friends or family? Visit one of Forest Holiday’s seven idyllic locations across the UK

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New Year, new plans, new habits

2nd Jan 2018 in General

2018 is here! Start the year as you mean to go on with our inspirational New Year’s resolutions and top tips for sticking to them. The most common New Year’s resolution is to be more active, with a number of people aiming to do something about their health or wellbeing. Make yourself (and your bank

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How to look after your kit store

17th Oct 2017 in Advice, Expedition, General

How to look after your kit store By Ollie Dibbens and Ian Newbery As the expedition season draws to a close, it’s time to think about the state of your kit store.  DofE expedition experts Ollie Dibbens, Operations Officer, and Ian Newbery, DofE Programme and Quality Manager, give their advice on how to clean, maintain

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The Official DofE Clothing range

5th Oct 2017 in DofE Clothing, General

What you said, what we’re doing and what’s next It’s been three years since we launched the Official DofE Clothing range and the ideal time for a review of the range, in anticipation of a new look, new season and a new clothing partner. We wanted to hear what you thought of the products and

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Craghoppers ambassadors wanted!

22nd Jun 2017 in Craghoppers, General

As a partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Craghoppers provide young people with DofE tested and recommended clothing for their tasking expeditions. From walking trousers to insulating layers, you can find the clothing you require for your upcoming Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition on the Craghoppers website. The latest additions to the partnership include

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Cooking on your DofE Expedition

6th Jun 2017 in Expedition, General, Trangia

By Trangia   It is often thought that cooking a great meal to compete with a home-cooked Sunday roast, in the great outdoors, is an impossible task. Most will settle for a tin of beans or some plain pasta on their expedition. However, there are many exciting and fun ways to cook a filling and

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How to ‘sleep under the stars’ on expedition

9th May 2017 in Expedition, General, Vango

By Vango Sleeping under the stars will be an unforgettable experience during your DofE expedition. There’s lots of things that you can do to make your stay in the outdoors fun and comfortable from choosing the right pitch to taking a stash of your favourite sweets (for energy after all that trekking!). Firstly, choosing the

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How to use The Layering System

17th Mar 2017 in Advice, Craghoppers, Expedition, General

How to use The Layering System By Craghoppers If you’re planning what to wear on a cold winter walk, it can often be tempting to pick out the warmest, biggest jacket you own. However, this isn’t always the best solution – despite being the most obvious – and it is even more important when planning

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27 ways to save your soles

28th Feb 2017 in Advice, Expedition, General

No other piece of kit affects the enjoyment of your expedition more than what you put on your feet. We’ve compiled 27 ways for you to take care of your boots, socks and feet before, during and after your expedition. Choosing your footwear Getting the right material for you – leather boot are very durable

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The DofE Interactive Kit List

24th Jan 2017 in Expedition, General, DofE Card

The DofE Expedition Kit List is going mobile Planning and preparing for your DofE expedition is a key task at all Award levels. The Expedition Kit List has been the most downloaded document from the DofE for many years, but paper is often not the first or most practical choice for some. The DofE Interactive

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Vango XD range – made for DofE expeditions

24th Oct 2016 in Expedition, General, Partner News

  In 2014, Vango invited seventeen DofE Leaders and volunteers to their Glasgow based showroom to give feedback on Vango products, including how to develop their trekking tent, rucksack, and sleeping bag collections. Those attending were from various locations across the west of Scotland. Vango wanted to hear about their experiences on DofE expeditions, get

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Who says no one ever wins prize draws?

12th Sep 2016 in General

Well, that is definitely not that case. At DofE Shopping.org we run regular FREE prize draws, giving you a chance to win prizes ranging from expedition kit to iPhones, and days out to vouchers. There are many chances to win and you can enter every prize draw you fancy (but only one entry per draw).

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