The three Programmes on offer are Gold, Silver and Bronze

Here at Sam Sykes™ we encourage everyone to go for gold from the outset. Whatever level you achieve, you’ll give yourself the best chance at achieving something that makes truly you stand out. Take part in an amazing endeavour.

DofE expedition management is our bread and butter, is in our DNA, it’s what we do.

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Why Choose Sam Sykes?

Challenge without compromise – bespoke global DofE expedition expertise

With its unique mix of personal development, challenge, and achievement, The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme changes the lives of young people.

We strive to ensure this amazing opportunity is available to as many people as possible. We deliver professional led expeditions across the UK and overseas. With over 30 years’ experience in organising, leading, and supporting expeditions at all levels, we combine practical experience and legislative knowledge with a real thirst for adventure.

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Safety is at the very core of the Sam Sykes™ ethos. A commitment to ensuring the welfare of all expedition members underpins everything the company does. Safety procedures are solidly adhered to, and the qualified team is at the very forefront of health and safety practices.

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DofE Approved

Sam Sykes’™ experience has enabled the company to become an Approved Activity Provider. Choose Sam Sykes’™ to Deliver your bespoke Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions for the expedition section of the Award. We also offer professional advice on all aspects of the scheme.

AALA Licensed

The ‘Adventure Activities Licensing Authority’ is the government body and part of the HSE. It assesses, regulates and monitors outdoor activity provision. The AALA ensures the safety of all participants. Sam Sykes™ is proud to be AALA licensed and to uphold the high standards of safety that this licence represents.


Sam Sykes™ is completely insured for outdoor activities. We hold public liability as well as employee liability insurance with BAHIS. Personal accident insurance cover is available through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.


All staff are more than qualified in delivering expeditions. We hold a range of qualifications awarded by national governing bodies in the field of outdoor activities. First aid is always a particular area of focus.

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All the Latest From Sam Sykes Ltd.™

Mammut Ultimate Vest

Mammut Ultimate Vest

In short one of the most practical and well made vests I have worn. With the right balance of warmth, wind proofing, design features and weight I have used

Mammut MTR 201 – II Low Men  – Footwear

Mammut MTR 201 – II Low Men – Footwear

Need to find a model that is adaptable to the different terrain you run on? This isn’t easy to achieve and is highly relevant to my initial first stage review of the MTRs

20 conditions of the DofE Expedition

20 conditions of the DofE Expedition

This is a handy summary for everyone about to do their DofE qualifying expedition. Please talk to your DofE Leader or Expedition Supervisor if you have any questions or need further advice.