To pass your QUALIFYING expedition, your team must have an AIM. Your aim does not need to be long or complicated. Keep it simple and something you will be interested in. Something you can easily do along the walk or at the end of the day.
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. You will include 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.