Duke of Edinburgh Award – Silver Programme

SchoolsIn order to complete the Silver Expedition section you must complete a programme of training followed by a suitable practice expedition to develop your skills. Modes of transport available for the training programmes are Canoe, Mountain Bike, Sea Kayaking & Walking. On completion of your practice journey you need to plan and undertake a 3 day qualifying expedition.

As an approved DofE activity provider we run full training, practice and final assessment for the Expedition element of the Award.  We run open dates for individuals and bespoke packages for school & youth groups.  Our expeditions are on foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak.

For school & youth group packages please contact us directly.

Silver DofE Award

Mode What is involved? Cost
Training & Practice Canoe, Sea Kayak, Foot or Bike The 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. Further training may be included during the practice expedition to ensure that you are fully prepared for your qualifying expedition. £275
Qualifying Canoe, Sea Kayak, Foot or Bike The 3 day & 2 night 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. £200

2018 Expedition Dates

Training & Practice Walking June 29th – 2nd July
Training & Practice Walking, Bike, Sea Kayak or Canoe July 16th – 19th
Qualifying Canoe Aug 8th – 10th
Qualifying Walking Aug 21st – 23rd
Qualifying Walking, Bike, Sea Kayak or Canoe Oct 15th – 17th
Qualifying Walking, Bike, Sea Kayak or Canoe Oct 22nd – 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.
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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).
      • canoeing


  • 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.

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

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