Welcome to the DofE dates page. Please keep dates free if you wish to do expeditions with us.
We try to avoid clashes with other RGS trips but cannot avoid all of them.
If you cannot do an expedition, contact dofe staff as soon as possible. There are limited options in these circumstances including either doing it next year with another group or joining an external expedition with an activity provider.
Please remember, to pass DofE expeditions RGS students must…
1. Attend all planning meets, complete planning by deadlines and pass a minimum of 2 expeditions i.e. training and qualifying. Some groups are sometimes required to complete more training (e.g. due to deferral: see PERKY 2017 expedition rules). This is to ensure the safe operation of expeditions for everyone.
2. Complete the entire expedition… late drop offs or early pick ups would mean they do NOT pass that expedition and would have to do another one at another time.
3. Complete all your previous awards… RGS dofe students must earn their Bronze Award to continue with Silver and must pass Silver to continue with Gold.
4. Carry your own equipment. Students must be fit enough and able to carry their own full kit on RGS expeditions. Groups must be able to carry their own kit and be independent to complete the challenge. If they are unable to carry full kit due to illness or injury then they will need to to talk to staff as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements. This might include advice on using light weight equipment, sharing their kit between the group or being offered a hike at a later date when they are fit enough to complete it. Students might also consider canoeing* or cycling* as an expedition option (*groups / spaces permitting) if they are unable to carry their own kit.
For more information please read our expedition FAQs here 20 FAQs RGS DofE expedition information for students and parents
If you have any questions about dates, please contact me email@example.com
GOLD: Gold practice will take place at the end of the Summer term. Gold qualifying takes place in Mid-August, between A Level and GCSE results days. GOLD expeditions are now operated on the ground by our partners at Expeditions Wales and a number of canoe external providers. RGS staff organise the expeditions and supervise and look after groups during the trips, camping with groups.
SILVER: 4th year practice expeditions are after internal exams in June; 5th year qualifying expeditions are through first weekend of October half term: please note that 5th year students wishing to go on the Classics trip will need to check dates carefully to avoid potential clashes. A choice between them might have to be made.
BRONZE: practice through May bank holiday weekends; qualifying expeditions in October activities day weekend before half term.
Note: canoe / cycle expedition dates are usually similar to these but canoe and cycle and horse riding expeditions necessarily involve additional training on various extra weekend dates usually through Spring term. These involve day drop offs and pick ups at local training locations by parents but no camping overnight. Dates for these will be issued to these groups separately.
Expedition Dates 2019-2020
RGS Annual Award presentation evening 7 – 8pm Thursday 2 May 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: https://rgsdofe.com/edofe/ )
Bronze HIKING practice expeditions 5-6 May 2019 local from RGS
Bronze Canoeing training 5-6 May 2019: R Wey (Guildford) overnight camp Parent transport
Bronze canoe practice expedition 24-25 May R Medway camp overnight: parent transport
Bronze mop-up expedition 24-25 May 2019 (invite only) – this is not an open expedition.
GOLD HIKE practice expeditions 28 May -1 June 2019
GOLD CANOE practice expedition 28 May – 01 June 2019 on the River Wye: RGS STAFF drop off; parents pick up from Monmouth
SILVER CANOE training and practice 22 May and then 23 – 25 May: parent drop offs and pick ups
SILVER practice expedition 4th year 23-25 June 2019
Bronze Conservation Day Monday 1st July.
GOLD CANOE qualifying expedition 01 – 05 July on the River Severn: RGS STAFF drop off; parent pick up.
GOLD HIKE qualifying expedition 1-6 July 2019
Autumn Term 2019
Bronze qualifying expedition (4th Year) Friday 11 – Saturday 12 October 2019 (Friday 11th – activities day)
Bronze CANOE qualifying expedition Friday 11-12 October River Thames parent transport
Silver multi-activity team building day Friday 11th October 2019
Silver CANOE qualifying 19-21 October parent drop off and pick up
Silver qualifying HIKE expeditions (5th Year) Saturday 19 – Monday 21 October 2019 South Downs
GOLD parents and students information evening for Gold expeditions Wednesday 6 November 7-8pm Old Library 2019
GOLD night hike recce Friday 8 November 4-10pm (staff only) 2019
GOLD L6 night hike Friday 15 November 4-11pm 2019
Conservation Day Tuesday 17 December (final for 4th year bronze) 2019
New L6 GOLD expedition training day (compulsory) Monday 6th January 2020
Bronze expedition first aid training (new 3rd years) March 3, 10, 17 and 24th 4 – 5pm (recital room)
Conservation Day (new 3rd Years) Monday March 30th 2020
RGS Annual Award presentation evening 7 – 8pm Thursday 30th April 2020 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: https://rgsdofe.com/edofe/ )
Bronze practice expeditions 3rd year Sunday 3- Monday 4 May (bank holiday) 2020
Bronze mop-up expedition Friday 22- Saturday 23 May 2020 (invite only) – this is not an open expedition.
GOLD HIKE practice expeditions L6th year 29 June – 3 July
GOLD CANOE practice expedition L6 Year 29 June – 3 July on the River Wye (tbc)
SILVER practice expedition 4th year 24-26 June 2020
Bronze Conservation Day 3rd year Tuesday 30th June 2020
GOLD canoe qualifying expedition L6 Year 14 August – 19 August 2020
GOLD HIKE qualifying expedition L6 Year 14 August – 19 August 2020
RGS students must finish Bronze to continue with Silver and must finish Silver to continue with Gold.
Please remember that expeditions are not package holidays. Expedition dates are subject to change due to the vagaries of weather, transport, accommodation, camp site venues and mountainous environments. We may have to go later, return earlier or abandon trips entirely (e.g. foot n mouth and Storm Jude). The dates above are posted in good faith and as early as possible to help participants and families organise their RGS dofe scheme. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org