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DofE Gold Qualifying Expedition

As the expedition season comes to a close, we had beautiful autumnal conditions for our final Gold DofE Qualifying Expedition of the season. Pupils from Albyn School in Aberdeen sacrificed their holiday weekend to commit to completing their DofE Expedition. None of the participants seemed disappointed in having done so!  As well as being physical […]

Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition

A midge net is an essential piece of kit for any Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition in Scotland (and some other part of the UK) during the summer months. It’s a small price to pay for extra comfort when trying to function around the campsite. Our participants on their recent DofE Silver Qualifying Expedition in […]

4 Friends & 3 Countries

It’s been a busy summer for Gold Expeditions in Chamonix, with many participants coming to the Alps to complete their Gold DofE Expedition. Victoria College came to Chamonix first in 2016 and decided to return again this year. Luckily we were able to arrange the same weather for them this time round, giving them spectacular […]

Glen Tilt Gold Practice

  Last week saw Albyn School undertaking their Gold Training and Practice DofE Expeditions. After a day of in-school training, the group headed down to Blair Atholl.  Due to the terrible forecast, of heavy rain and high winds, we reverted to plan B.  Instead of heading straight off into the remote area of Glen Tilt, […]

Final DofE Expedition of 2016

Well done to Elliot, Connor, Johanna, Joanne and Keertana, who completed their Gold DofE Qualifying Expedition in the Peak District last week. Gold DofE was not offered at the girl’s school, but they were determined to complete the Gold Award. They formed their own group of 5 and made plans for the expedition section. They […]

Rain and Rainbows

Last week we were out and about with 2 Gold Qualifying DofE groups from Albyn School and a Silver Qualifying group from Millburn Academy. Both were faced with very challenging conditions, when the weather played out exactly as forecast.  It rained non-stop from 5pm on Friday till a similar time the following day.  With the […]

DofE Diamond Challenge

2016 is the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. DofE have chosen to mark the occasion with the DofE Diamond Challenge. The DofE are asking you to take part in a challenge, to raise funds to help change the lives of young people. For my challenge, I decided to attempt something that I […]

Gold Practice in Peak District

It’s always a delight to work with groups in the Peak District, especially when the weather is as good as it was last week. The weather wasn’t ideal for practicing navigating in the mist, or learning how to pack up camp in the wet, but it did make for very pleasant walking conditions! This group […]

Silver Qualifying in The Cairngorms

It was tough. For the participants, supervisors and assessors. Once warm and dry, and the midge bites have disappeared, it’s easy to reflect and think “it wasn’t that bad”. But it was. It started to rain not long after the groups set out on the first day of their Silver Qualifying Expedition. It didn’t stop […]

Albyn Alpine DofE

Congratulations to the 12 participants from Albyn School that completed their Gold DofE Qualifying Expedition with us in Chamonix last week.  It was wonderful to see the students fully engaged in the expedition, taking every opportunity to appreciate the surroundings that they were in.  Plenty of time was spent chatting to the locals, and other […]

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