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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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The DofE’s Christmas top twelve gift ideas

27th Nov 2017 in General, Reward Card

Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Add some DofE spirit to your festivities this year with DofE branded gifts and great discounts available to the entire network. To help, we’ve pulled together a list of our top twelve must-haves so that you can find something unique for everyone you’re shopping for this season. 1. DofE

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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

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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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Who’s up for a microadventure?

3rd May 2017 in General

Discover more and plan your own microadventure… By Cotswold Outdoor Adventure is a scary word. It conjures up visions of expensive trips halfway across the world, trekking through the Himalayas or travelling to the Antarctic, things that most of us don’t have the time to regularly do. But what if adventure could be a little

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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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How to choose an insulated jacket

13th Jan 2017 in Advice, Cotswold Outdoor, General

Get clued-up on different types of insulation. By Cotswold Outdoor Save 15%* on an insulated jacket this winter from Cotswold Outdoor with your DofE Reward Card As mammals we’re great at keeping ourselves warm, our bodies work hard to maintain our core temperature at 37°C degrees whatever the weather. Nevertheless, on cold, crisp winter days

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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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Get Physical on National Fitness Day on 7 September!

16th Aug 2016 in General, Partner News

National Fitness Day 2016 With National Fitness Day fast approaching, Wednesday 7th September, ukactive Chair and the most celebrated Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson talks about the most active day of the year. I am delighted and highly privileged as ukactive Chair to be a part of National Fitness Day 2016, it’s a day when we

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Lucy Grayston, Silver DofE participant, blogs for Craghoppers about her DofE expedition.

16th Aug 2016 in Blog Banners, Craghoppers, Expedition, General, Partner News

Ever thought to yourself, “What does the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award involve?” If you’re about embark on your first DofE expedition, read Lucy’s experience, first hand, to see what you can expect. Finally, we arrived at Lake Bala after a somewhat squashed minibus journey. We were given a brief talking to about the possible dangers

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