Bronze Duke of Edinburgh – Expedition Year 9


May 2024

Dear Parent/Carer

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh – year 9 Expedition

Your child has been undertaking their Skill, Practical and Volunteering section for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award since September and have already completed most of these. To gain their Bronze Award they must complete the expedition section. The requirement for this is to complete one day of pre expedition training, one practice expedition and a two day assessed expedition with
a night of camping.

We are running the following sessions in the build up to this to ensure they are fully prepared:

Thursday 13th June – First Aid and Basics of the Expedition. Students will be in school but off timetable, learning a variety of skills to ensure that they can overcome any issues whilst in the field.
Monday 8th July – Practice walk from school, putting up a tent and cooking on the stoves on school grounds. A pre expedition check of all equipment/packed items will be completed.
Thursday 11th – Friday 12th July – Real expedition. This will involve two days of walking with one overnight camping. Students will need to be self-sufficient throughout this time and will need to carry food with them.

Equipment – Students are more than welcome to use their own equipment whilst on expedition, however we have managed to acquire some expedition equipment which we are willing to loan out to students. It will be the responsibility of students to ensure that the equipment comes back to us as it was given to them. If you require anything from the list attached please let us know and we will try to accommodate this. We have tents and cooking equipment which we will be providing to all groups.

This year we are running the assessed expedition locally to Leslie Sell Activity Centre, this will be at a cost of £15.00.

Please provide parental consent and payment via ParentPay no later than 12th June to secure your child’s place on the expedition.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
Emily Roberts
D of E Manager


Kit List Recommendations

Clothing Item Needed 
1 pair of walking boots (broken in)
2 pairs of walking socks
Jacket/coat (waterproof and windproof)
Waterproof overtrousers
2 fleece tops or similar
2-3 t-shirts (thermal if weather appropriate)
2 walking trousers (NOT jeans)
1 pair of shorts (if appropriate)
Flip flops/sandals (optional for campsite use)
Warm hat and/or sunhat (as appropriate)
1 pair of gloves (if appropriate)

Personal Item Needed 
Rucksack  (Available from School if needed)
Rucksack liner or 2 strong plastic bags
Sleeping bag (Available from School if needed)
Sleeping mat (Available from School if needed)
Whistle (some bags may have these)
Torch (handheld/head torch and spare batteries)
Personal first aid kit
Food (including emergency rations)
Water bottle
MugBox of matches (in waterproof container)
Wash kit/personal hygiene items (some items could
be shared as a group)
Sun cream
Small quantity of money (optional)
Notebook and pen/pencil

GROUP KIT (To carry between the team)
Tent(s) (Available from School if needed)
Camping stove(s) (Available from School if needed)
Camping stove fuel (in an appropriate and safe container) (Available from School if needed)

Cooking pans (Available from School if needed)
Tin opener (Available from School if needed)
Tea towels
Plastic bags (for rubbish etc.)
Maps (1:25 000/1:50 000)
Compass (Available to purchase from school)
Camera (optional)
Survival bag (Available to purchase from school)