The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
DofE is a prestigious and globally recognized program that has been encouraging young people to challenge themselves, push their boundaries, and develop valuable life skills for over six decades. The Adventurous Journey section of the DofE Award stands as a cornerstone of this program, offering participants a unique opportunity to embark on wilderness journeys and outdoor adventures.
Our training helps participants learn to navigate the challenges of wilderness environments, manage limited resources, and build resilience. The physical and mental challenges encountered during these journeys help individuals discover their inner strength and develop a sense of self-confidence. Facing and overcoming obstacles in the outdoors imparts a deep sense of accomplishment, instilling a “can-do” attitude that transcends beyond the trail and into daily life.
Participants are taught valuable wilderness survival skills, first aid, clothing & equipment, safety, leadership, planning and navigation techniques, which are critical not only during the journey but also during situations in life. Participants learn about Leave No Trace principles, responsible camping, and sustainable practices. This instills in them a profound respect for nature and a commitment to preserving it for future generations.
The Bronze, Silver and Gold training is a three-step course in bushcraft skills that allows participants to cover a wide range of bushcraft topics through slideshows, quizzes, videos, online interactions and networking. Work at your own pace and upon successful completion, an Achievement certificate will be issued.
Clothing & equipment
Gain in-depth knowledge about selecting appropriate clothing and equipment for various outdoor conditions, from extreme cold to scorching heat. They learn how to make informed choices regarding clothing layers, gear, and specialised equipment, ensuring you are well-prepared to stay comfortable and safe during wilderness adventures.
Wilderness navigation training equips you with the skills to confidently use maps, compasses, and natural landmarks to find your way in the wilderness. Learn about topographical maps, orienteering, and the art of reading terrain, enabling you to plan routes, avoid getting lost, and reach your destinations safely.
Survival skills are a core component of bushcraft, learn how to construct shelters, make fire and purify water. Gain the knowledge to survive in the wild, even in adverse conditions, by understanding basic fundamentals.
Outdoor First Aid
Outdoor first aid training ensures that you are prepared to respond to injuries and medical emergencies in backcountry areas. They learn how to assess and treat common outdoor injuries, administer CPR, and effectively utilise first aid kits, providing you with the confidence to handle medical issues in the outdoors.
Learn the importance of environmental care, how to minimise your impact on nature by packing out your waste, respecting local flora and fauna, and leaving wilderness areas in the same pristine condition as you found them. Learn about the Leave No Trace principles and sustainable camping practices to ensure responsible outdoor experiences.
Leadership focuses on developing essential leadership qualities, such as effective communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Learn how to lead by example, motivate peers, and take charge in challenging outdoor situations, fostering the leadership skills necessary for guiding groups through wilderness environments.
Safety and Risk Management
Learn the importance of safety and risk management in the wilderness. They learn how to assess and mitigate potential hazards, establish emergency protocols, and make informed decisions that prioritize the well-being of yourself and your group.
Water Safety When Crossing Streams
Water safety training covers essential techniques for safely navigating streams and rivers. Learn how to assess water conditions, choose safe crossing points, and employ appropriate gear and techniques. Learn how to make the right decisions around crossing streams safely.
Stoves and Stove Safety
Acquire the skills to choose the right stove for you trip and learn about various stove types and safety measures to prevent accidents and wildfires. This knowledge allows you to enjoy hot meals in the outdoors without endangering yourself or the environment.
Campcraft training equips you with the abilities to set up and manage efficient backcountry campsites. Learn how to choose suitable campsite locations and establish cooking and sanitation facilities where none are available. These skills are essential for creating a comfortable campsite during overnight outdoor adventures.
Learn the art of route finding, including map interpretation and terrain assessment. Acquire the knowledge to plan routes, identify key landmarks, and make navigational decisions. Have the confidence to plan, follow routes and reach your intended destinations safely.
Planning is a fundamental aspect of a bushcraft training, teaching you how to develop detailed routes, assess potential risks, and prepare for the unexpected. Gain the knowledge to create well-organised expedition plans that encompass equipment, food, navigation, and safety considerations, ensuring that outdoor adventures are successful and enjoyable.