Duke of Edinburgh Award – Gold Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; Gold Open Expedition Training, SchoolsPractice & Qualifying

Active run a number of training, practice & qualifying expeditions for Gold 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.

2019 Expedition Dates

Training & Practice Canoe Apr 15th -18th
Training & Practice Sea Kayak Apr 15th – 18th
Training & Practice Walking Jul 15th – 18th
Training & Practice Mountain Biking Jul 15th – 18th
Training & Practice Canoe Jul 22nd – 25th
Training & Practice Sea Kayak Jul 22nd – 25th
Qualifying Walking Aug 5th – 8th
Qualifying Mountain Biking Aug 5th – 8th
Qualifying Canoe Aug 12th – 15th
Qualifying Sea Kayak Aug 12th – 15th
Qualifying Walking Oct 14th – 17th
Qualifying Mountain Biking Oct 14th – 17th
Qualifying Canoe Oct 21st – 24th
Qualifying Sea Kayak Oct 21st – 24th
  • Please note that you are expected to arrive at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre the night before your course starts.  This overnight stay is included in the course price on a self-catered basis.


Mode What is involved Cost
Training & Practice Foot, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak This is a 4 day and 4 night package. Two nights will be camping with two nights Self Catered at Cairngorms Adventure Centre. We provide 1 day of skills training & preparation followed by a 3 day practice expedition. £275
Qualifying Foot, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak This is a 4 day and 4 night qualifying package. Three days will be assessed camping on the expedition. These expeditions take place in the Cairngorms National Park and across Scotland. £275
  • For school & youth group packages please contact us directly.

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    • Tailor-Made Courses

  • We can organise training, practice Journeys & qualifying 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, to allow time to process green forms.
  • There should ideally be at least 2 weeks between your practice and qualifying expedition.
  • Candidates must have prior experience in their chosen mode of transport (Active can provide this training in canoes or sea kayaks if required).

What we provide

  • 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:

  • 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