To pass your QUALIFYING expedition, your team must have an AIM.
An aim can be anything that you observe, measure or create during your expedition. It should be a simple idea which keeps you interested and is something you are likely to see or hear or experience on your route.
You should spend a bit of time each day on your aim. AIM work counts towards your total “hours of planned activity”. You will include a short write up of your AIM in your expedition presentation which you write after your expedition to pass expedition-report-template-2019
Agree your team AIM in advance and write it on your route card. Get it approved by a teacher.
More examples of Aims
Most aims simply observe / measure or evaluate something along the way. You might ask a question.
- Environmental impact: make a score for measuring amounts of litter / plastic waste / fly tipping you on the way. Record littered places on your hike. Are there patterns of litter found in particular places?
- I Spy… keep a league table of who in your team can identify the most wildlife, trees or plants. Come up with a trumps game…which species scores most for different categories.
- The “Style of styles”: look at the construction of different types of styles and gates. Sketch or photo them. Evaluate them. What works best? Who maintains styles?
- Know your boundaries: keep a list of the different types of property boundaries e.g different heights and types of of fences, walls and hedgerows. How effective are different boundaries?
- Footpath quality: look at footpaths, assess and score the condition and construction. Where are paths least well maintained?
- Noise pollution: stop and listen. Measure the background noise (phone app?). What creates most noise pollution on your expedition?
- Evaluate expedition food: score your recipes.
- Pain management: score what hurts , where and why? How successful was the treatment.
- Changes to my skin and hair. What and why?!
- Life without our phones. DofE restricts phone use to emergency only and contact with staff. Who coped best in your team without their phone?
- Yoga class. Stretches before and after.
- Rate landscapes / views and sketch them.
- POEM! Write a poem / rap and present it at the end.
- SING! Compose a group song about the expedition
- Photo diary. Vlog your experience.
- Design an expedition T Shirt.
- Playlist: As a team, create an expedition music playlist that represents your experiences.
- Take a photo of your group at each check point to create a collage.
- Learn to play the spoons, harmonica, juggle, rubics cube.
- Learn Welsh (in Wales!).
- Learn Anglo-Saxon (in Surrey).
- Learn about Prehistoric sites in Surrey. Imagine life here 5000 years ago.
… or anything else.. but get your aim approved!
After the expedition you produce a presentation. There is a template to use below, download it, print it and scan it into edofe as your presentation. Include your aim as part of your expedition presentation.
When complete, scan / photo and upload your presentation to your edofe expedition page.