The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Silver Programme

Active run a number of training, practice & qualifying Dofe open expeditions in Scotland for Silver DofE candidates throughout the year.  We run open dates for individuals and bespoke packages for school & youth groups.  Our expeditions are on foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak.

Dofe silver expeditions
  • 2020 DofE Silver Expedition Dates
Training & PracticeWalkingApr 6th - 9th
Training & PracticeMountain BikingApr 6th - 9th
Training & PracticeCanoeApr 13th - 16th
Training & PracticeSea KayakApr 13th - 16th
Training & PracticeCanoeJul 13th - 16th
Training & PracticeSea KayakJul 13th - 16th
Training & PracticeWalkingJul 20th - 23rd
Training & PracticeMountain BikingJul 20th - 23rd
QualifyingCanoeAug 3rd - 5th
QualifyingSea KayakAug 3rd - 5th
QualifyingWalkingAug 10th - 12th
QualifyingMountain BikingAug 10th - 12th
QualifyingCanoeOct 12th - 14th
QualifyingSea KayakOct 12th - 14th
QualifyingWalkingOct 12th - 14th
QualifyingMountain BikingOct 12th - 14th
QualifyingCanoeOct 19th - 21st
QualifyingSea KayakOct 19th - 21st
QualifyingWalkingOct 19th - 21st
QualifyingMountain BikingOct 19th - 21st
Please note that you are expected to arrive at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre the night before your Dofe Silver expedition course starts.  This overnight stay is included in the course price on a self-catered basis.
ModeWhat is involved?Cost
Training & PracticeCanoe, Sea Kayak, Foot or BikeThe expedition section involves planning and training for a 3 day expedition. We offer a 4 day course that includes 1 day of skills training. We will then spend 3 days and 2 nights on a practice expedition.£289
QualifyingCanoe, Sea Kayak, Foot or BikeThe 3 day & 2 night DofE silver qualifying expedition will be carried out using the same mode of transport as your training. Full supervision and assessment will be provided throughout the journey and a final report given in accordance with DofE guidelines.£219
  • Tailor made Silver DofE expeditions
  • What we provide
  • Equipment
  • Options
  • We can organise training, practice Journeys & qualifying DofE silver expeditions for groups of 4 or more on dates that suit your requirements.
  • Additional skills training days in open canoe, sea kayak, mountain bike or navigation skills are available at a cost of £59 per day. Group discounts available (please ask).
  • Qualifying expeditions should be booked no less than 4 weeks before your expedition start date.  This is to allow time to process green forms.
  • There should ideally be at least 2 weeks between your practice and qualifying.
  • Candidates must have prior experience in their chosen mode of transport. Active can provide this training in canoes or sea kayaks if required.
  • Pre-trip information and advice on routes, camp sites, access information, kit lists etc.
  • Self Catering centre accommodation.
  • Group equipment (see below).
  • DofE accredited supervisors and assessors for the practice & qualifying expeditions.
  • Additional skills training days prior to qualifying journeys (please ask).

We can provide the following group kit if required for your DofE open expeditions in Scotland:

  • Tents
  • Inflatable camping mats
  • Stoves, cutlery and crockery
  • Expedition rucksacks or dry bags (dependent on mode of travel)
  • Group first aid kits
  • Maps & compasses
  • Technical & safety kit such as buoyancy aids & helmets (dependent on mode of travel)
  • Waterproofs and boots
  • Expedition meals from £16 per day; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Vango Stratos 350 Sleeping Bag: £35
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