The three Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions on offer are GoldSilver and Bronze

Here at Sam Sykes™, Duke of Edinburgh approved providers, we encourage everyone to go for gold from the outset. Whatever level you achieve, by taking part in such an amazing endeavour you will give yourself the best chance to achieve something that truly makes you stand out.

“The benefits the DofE has brought to the nation are enormous. Young people need to be inspired and be able to fulfil their dreams.  The DofE allows young people from every background to succeed – it’s getting rid of barriers.  As someone from a disadvantaged background, I can relate to this.”

Brian Blessed
Actor, adventurer and author


All of our DofE packages include the following:

  • Full planning & organisational support
  • Reassurance provided by our experience, qualified instructors & exemplary safety systems
  • All group kit
  • All areas of the DofE syllabus covered

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*Marshmallows not included, sorry

Expedition AAP

Expedition Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) are organisations which have been licensed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to provide expedition opportunities to participants.

  • An Expedition AAP will have satisfied the DofE that their proposed programme of activities will meet and adhere to the sectional requirements.
  • These AAPs are able to deliver expedition training, practice and qualifying expeditions, on behalf of a Licensed Organisation, such as a school.

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

As a result, you can be assured that our GoldSilver and Bronze packages will take care of absolutely everything, including:

  • Pre DofE expedition, in-school presentation
  • Training
  • Practice expeditions
  • Fully qualified, highly experienced, CRB-checked instructors
  • Qualifying expeditions
  • Logistics
  • Route cards
  • Assessors (including assessor reports)
  • Equipment
  • Camp fees
  • All administration
  • Emergency back-up and duty managers
  • 24/7 telephone support

DofE Expedition Aims

For 60 years in nearly 150 countries, the DofE award scheme has been inspiring millions of young people. Providing challenges that are enjoyable and fulfilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for many.

With three awards on offer – GoldSilver and Bronze – we encourage everyone to go for gold from the outset. By taking part in such an amazing endeavour, you will give yourself the best chance to achieve something that makes you truly stand out.

We know from talking to schools, colleges, businesses, and charities, that when it comes to proving you’ve got what it takes, participation in the DofE simply cannot be beaten.


You will need to choose a location that suits your aim and needs.

  • We provide DofE Expeditions all over the UK.


You will need to undertake training to ensure you’re fully primed to be self sufficient.

Your training will involve
  • First Aid
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Navigation
  • Camp craft
  • Kit selection

The Expedition

After you complete your training, you’ll do a practice expedition. This is to ensure you are capable enough to complete a full expedition. If not, don’t worry, you can do more learning before doing it for real.

If we’re happy, we’ll sign your DofE logbook and you’re ready for your qualifying expedition.

Next you’ll get a real feeling of independence and adventure. You’ll then get to go off with your group on a self-sufficient journey! You’ll plan for yourselves with an expedition aim that you’ve chosen.

You’ll need to meet the ’20 Conditions’ for expeditions set down by the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

How long does my expedition need to be?

More information can be found on the relevant expedition level pages:


  • Over 850,000 young people now take part in the DofE scheme across the globe
  • The DofE scheme now runs in more than 140 countries and territories
  • In the UK alone, over 300,000 young participants are grabbing this chance to do something amazing with their lives every year.

Ideas for your expedition teams’ aims

Stuck for what to have as your expedition aim? Here are a few ideas from dofe.info that participants have used in the past which may inspire you…

Ideas for Expedition Aims

Have a question?

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