It is important to state firstly that participants do not have to complete their expedition with school. They can undertake an open expedition with an outside activity approved provider details can be found on the dofe website
Participants will have the option to either undertake a walking or canoeing expedition at Silver.
There is a minimum level of training in each award that participants must undertake, however you must have your supervisor's approval before you are able to undertake the qualifying expedition - this may mean undertaking more training than the minimum requirement.
Before undertaking your assessment you must attend and pass the silver training weekend and the planning day. The planning time slot will be dependent on the date you choose for your assessment.
IF you are a direct entrant then you must also complete the direct entrant core skills weekend (non residential).
FULL ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY - You will be not be released for sports events or any other activities either involving or outside of school during any of the training or expedition.
Numbers are restricted to 24 students per event for canoeing and 28 students per event for walking. So please book your training weekends and expedition early to avoid disappointment!
All students must complete 1 each of the following:
Core Skills: If you wish to canoe at Silver, you must complete a core skills training weekend. If you did not complete the Bronze Expedition and wish to undertake a walking expedition at Silver you will also need to attend a walking core skills. .
Canoeing Location Cost
23-24 Sep 23 Cotswolds £80
30 Sep- 1 Oct 23 Cotswolds £80
Walking Location Cost
07-08 Oct 23 Cotswolds £80
Mode of Travel Location Dates Cost
Canoeing Brecon 30 Oct-01 Nov 23 £240
Canoeing Brecon 02-04 Nov 23 £240
Walking Brecon 10-12 Nov 23 £200
Walking Brecon 17-19 Nov 23 £200
Planning Session (3.5 hours) & Assessment Expedition: You will need to attend the planning session that relates to the assessment you have booked.
Mode of Travel Location Dates Cost Planning Location Cost
Canoeing River Severn 28-30 May 24 £280 02 Mar AM OED £25
Canoeing River Severn 31 May–02 Jun 24 £280 03 Mar AM OED £25
Walking Exmoor 02–04 Apr 24 £240 02 Mar PM OED £25
Walking Exmoor 05–07 Apr 24 £240 03 Mar PM OED £25
Canoeing Expedition: £625
Walking Expedition: £465 & £80 if a core skills training weekend is required
Walking: the expeditions being staffed by qualified mountain leaders and backup safety personnel, provision of tents and camping equipment, campsite fees and transport from and return to Pate's.
Canoeing: the expeditions being staffed by qualified canoe instructors and backup safety personnel, provision and transport of canoes, river licence and launch fees, provision of tents and camping equipment, campsite fees and transport from and return to Pate's.