Welcome to the DofE dates page. Scroll down for upcoming dates.

Please keep dates free if you wish to do expeditions with your year group.

If you cannot do an expedition, please contact staff as soon as possible.

Please remember, to pass DofE expeditions RGS students need to …

1.Attend planning meets! Complete plans by deadlines and pass two expeditions i.e. training and qualifying.  

2.Complete the whole expedition! Late drop offs or early pick ups are not allowed.

3.Complete their previous awards! RGS DofE students must earn their Bronze Award to continue with Silver and must pass Silver to continue with Gold.

4.Carry their own equipment! Participants must be fit enough to carry their own kit to operate independently and safely. The transport of kit between camps is not provided for injured or ill participants. Participants who are injured or ill should do the expedition when they have recovered and are sufficiently fit and well to carry the essential kit. This rule is for the safety of everyone involved and is one of our conditions for starting a safe expedition. If participants are unable to carry their own kit due to illness or injury then please contact staff as soon as possible to discuss options.

If you have any questions about dates, please contact school dofe staff SAC or HTC.

Expedition schedule is similar each year

GOLD: Gold practice is at the end of the Summer term/start of summer holidays in early July. Gold qualifying is in Mid-August, between A Level and GCSE results days. GOLD expeditions are operated by our partners at Expeditions Wales. RGS staff are fully involved with organising, supervising and looking after groups.  Travel to and from expeditions is usually by coach and this is organised by DofE and included in the cost.

SILVER: practice expeditions in the Surrey Hills are after 4th Year internal exams in June; 5th year qualifying expeditions on the South Downs are through first weekend of October half term. Parents are responsible for drop offs and pick ups. Travel by train is recommended for the qualifying expedition.

BRONZE: practice expedition is through May bank holiday weekends; the Bronze qualifying expedition is in October activities day, usually the weekend before half term. All Bronze expeditions leave from RGS and end locally.

RGS students must finish Bronze to continue with Silver and must finish Silver to continue with Gold. Contact staff if this you have any snags.

Expedition Dates 2021

Gold training day Thursday 7 January RGS – compulsory attendance to do Gold expeditions in 2021.

New Bronze parents information meeting online Tuesday 26 January 6-7pm.

Bronze expedition basic first aid training (new 3rd years) Tuesday March 2, 9, 16 and 23 4 – 5pm

Deadline for all summer expedition plans: Bronze, Silver and Gold 19 March 2021

U6 Gold qualifying expedition 27-31 March Mid-Wales. (mop-up 1)

To be confirmed: RGS Annual Award presentation evening 7 –  8pm Thursday 22 April 2021 PMH (Gold awardees and parents reception in Old Library from 6-7pm then to PMH) (successful participants will receive an invite to this event.  If you don’t receive an invite then you haven’t passed, yet.  Please contact me for more information before end of Spring term if you are unsure about your status.  Or look at this page to find out how to complete edofe: )

Bronze practice expeditions 3rd Year Sunday 2 May – Monday 3 May 2021

Bronze mop-up expedition Friday 28- Saturday 29 May 2021 (invite only) – this is not an open expedition.

SILVER practice expedition 4th Year Sunday 27 June – Tuesday 29 June 2021

GOLD HIKE practice expeditions L6th Year Thursday 1 July – Monday 5 July 2021 Brecon Beacons (end of term is 2 July)

GOLD HIKE qualifying expedition L6 and U6 Year Friday 13 August – Wednesday 18 August 2021

Autumn Term 2021

Bronze qualifying expeditions (4 year) Friday 8 October – Saturday 9 October 2021

Silver qualifying expedition (5 year) Saturday 16 October – Monday 18 October 2021

Please remember that expeditions are not package holidays. Expedition dates are subject to change.  We may have to go later, return earlier or alter or abandon trips entirely (e.g. Covid, foot n mouth, Storm Jude, flooding, storms etc…).  If dates change, we will try to let people know as soon as possible.  Please contact me for the latest updates on future hike dates before booking family holidays so clashes can be avoided. Please co contact me if you have any questions about dates. Many thanks,

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