“COMPLETING MY DOFE HAS MADE ME REALISE THAT I CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING IF I WORK HARD ENOUGH.”
Jake, Gold Award Holder
Many young people find achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) life-changing. A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award - pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is broken down in to four different sections so that you gain experience across a range of skills and activities to help you plan and achieve your own personal and unique journey.
VolunteeringVolunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign, the Volunteering section of your DofE enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.
PhysicalThe Physical section is a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless.
SkillsThe Skills section is about discovering what you’re really good at. By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you’ll boost your self-esteem and your CV.
ExpeditionAs part of a small team, you’ll plan, complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch your horizons. You will improve your communication and leadership skills and whatever you decide to do, you’ll have an unforgettable experience getting to grips with the great outdoors.
Gateway Adventure can offer bespoke packages to suit any organisations requirements. However, there are standard packages available for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Our expedition supervision policy ensures there is a minimum of one instructor per team for ‘Walk & Talk’s. On unaccompanied ventures there is a minimum ratio of one instructor for every two teams.
We offer a complete foot expedition package for Bronze, Silver and Gold. If, however, you are interested in alternative modes of travel such as cycling or canoeing/kayaking then contact us for further information.
BRONZE PACKAGEOur Bronze Package consists of five or six* days spread over three/four different dates.
SILVER PACKAGEOur Silver Package consists of seven or eight* days spread over three/four different dates.
GOLD PACKAGEOur Gold Package consists of 10 days spread over three/four different dates.
If you are looking to achieve your Gold DofE Award, you need to complete an additional Residential section.
You will spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. A DofE residential will boost your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your life and other people’s.
We predominantly aim to run residentials in the Peak District as it is an ideal area to cover a wide variety of activities and is central to most areas of the UK. However, we can run residentials throughout the UK including the Brecon Beacons, the Lake District and Snowdonia.
Should you be interested in a Residential, we can design a programme to suit your needs.
The majority of our instructors have a youth work background with a passion for the outdoors and a wealth of experience delivering the DofE Awards.
If you simply require an instructor to oversee or support your expedition we will happily hire out our instructors at a very competitive rate. We also have available accredited DofE Assessors who can assess all levels of expeditions.
Although some items of personal expedition kit are essential for each individual, it is possible to hire certain items to ease costs. A limited number of items are available including:- First Aid kits,Mess tins,Roll mats, Rucksacks (65 litre), Sleeping bags, Stoves (Alpine gas stove), Tents (2 & 3 man), Trowels, Waterproof jackets, Waterproof trousers.
Gateway Adventure are aware of how much time it takes staff within a school or workplace/ organisation to co-ordinate and administer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in an already pressured environment. This is where we come in!
Gateway Adventure can be on hand to deliver eDofE training packages for adult volunteers who need to get to grips with the ins and outs of managing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award unit.
We can come in to the school on a regular basis or manage the participants remotely where we visit the school or organisation when required.*
*Additional cost applies
If you have ever run expeditions for the DofE Awards, you know that it can be very time consuming. And then there is the cost of the equipment and making sure you have the staff with the right qualifications and experience!
This is where we come in. We make it easy for you!!
We offer a complete foot expedition package for Bronze, Silver and Gold. If, however, you are interested in alternative modes of travel such as cycling or canoeing/ kayaking then contact us for further information.*
We provide the staff and equipment for training, practices and assessed expeditions. Our staff are all experienced and qualified and many are accreditied assessors. All are First Aid qualified and are DBS cleared.
* Please note pricing will increase for these alternative modes due to hire of cycles or canoes/kayaks and the relevant safety equipment.
The beauty of our service is that we can give you exactly what you want! We understand that each organisation has different requirements.
Our prices include campsite fees and fully qualified supervision. We sort out all of the expedition administration. All you need to do is arrange the transportation of the participants to the expedition area.
We do encourage everyone taking part to supply their own personal equipment as they advance through the DofE Awards. However, the package can include first aid kits, mess tins, roll mats, rucksacks (65 litre), sleeping bags, stoves, tents, trowels, waterproof jackets and trousers for participants who are finding it difficult to finance such items.