Dear Gold Participants,
The Training Requirements for the Gold Expeditions are:
Individually 1 Core Skills Weekend (not overnight) (Only required for participants who have not completed the Silver award through Pate's or for those undertaking a mode of transport not previously done.)
As a group at least 1 Practice: 4 days/3 nights and Assessment: 5 days/4 nights
There are limited spaces for each date and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Core Skills dates for 2020-21 (40 participants maximum) - online booking form
1. 27-28 February 2021
2. 20-21 March 2021
Available Practice & Assessment dates for 2020-21
1. 10-14 April 2021
2. 02-06 June 2021
3. 15-19 July 2021 - WALKING ONLY
4. Canada Trip - Canoeing Only 26 July - 14 August 2021
5. 19-23 August 2021
Please discuss with your groups and email Natalie.Berry@patesgs.org with at least two possible choices if you can.
Take care when choosing your group and booking the dates for your expeditions as you must ensure that you will be available for the entire length of the trip. Requests for permission to join late or leave early will not be approved except in extremely rare and unforeseen circumstances (e.g.a funeral but not a family wedding or birthday celebration).
At Gold level you as a group are expected to plan your own route using maps available in OED, referring to OED staff for ideas about the general area and possible camping areas in good time to make all arrangements.
Once your group has registered a payment request will be put on school gateway. This must be paid no later than two weeks before the event.
Please note: You will not proceed onto your assessment unless you are deemed safe to do so by the OED Staff as evidenced by your practice expedition(s).
Important: At least 7 weeks before your assessed expedition you must submit your completed Green notification form to OED so that it can be sent on to DofE for approval and issue of your expedition notification number.