Welcome to the DofE dates page. Please keep dates free if you wish to do our expeditions.
We try to avoid clashes with other RGS trips but cannot avoid all of them.
If you cannot do an expedition for any reason, please see dofe staff as soon as possible. There are limited options in these circumstances which include either doing it next year or with an external activity provider.
Remember, to pass DofE expeditions, RGS students must…
1. Attend planning meets, complete planning by the deadline and pass a minimum of 2 expeditions i.e. training and qualifying. Some groups may be required to complete more training (e.g. due to deferral: see PERKY 2017 expedition rules). This is not a punishment, it’s to ensure the safe operation of expeditions for everyone.
2. Complete the entire expedition and carry their own equipment… 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 their previous awards… RGS dofe students must earn their Bronze Award to continue with Silver and must pass Silver to continue with Gold. All students need to carry their own equipment.
4. Carry their own equipment. Students unable to do this should talk to staff to get advice on light weight equipment or consider canoeing or cycling as an expedition option.
Please check our expedition FAQs here 20 FAQs RGS DofE expedition information for students and parents
IF you have any questions about dates, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outline expedition schedule
NEW DATES FOR GOLD from 2018: Gold practice will now take place in May Half Term starting in 2018. Gold qualifying will then take place at very end of summer term in early July.
Silver: 4th year training/practice expeditions end of summer term, after exams; 5th year qualifying expeditions 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: training in May bank holiday weekends; qualifying in October activities day weekend before October half term.
Note: we try to keep canoe expedition dates the same as these but these expeditions necessarily involve additional training on various additional weekend dates. Dates for these will be issued to these groups.
Bronze expedition first aid training March 7, 17, 23 and 28 4-5pm RGS. Deadline for DofE awards to be completed (4-6th Year) 10 March Deadline for summer dofe expedition planning: 17 March Conservation day for 3rd Year Bronze volunteers: March 28 RGS Annual Award Presentation Thursday 27 April (invites go out to those who pass by deadline in March) Bronze training 3rd Year April 30 – May 1 (Bank Holiday Monday)
Silver training for 4th form 25-27 June
Conservation Day for 3rd Year Bronze volunteers July 3
Gold L6 training S Wales 1-4 July (amended)
Gold Mid-Wales qualifying 12-16 August
Bronze 4th year qualifying expeditions 6 -7 October
Silver 5th Year qualifying expeditions 13 – 15 October South Downs
L6 Gold Night Hikes November 10
Conservation Day 4th years December 12 (term ends Dec 15)
Bronze practice (for new 3rd Years) 6-7 May
Extra Bronze expedition (mop-up/invite ONLY) 25-26 May (start of half term)
Silver practice (for new 4th year silver students) 24-26 June
Gold practice expedition (NEW NEW DATES) 29 May – 1 June half term
Gold qualifying expedition 2-6 July
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. They 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. 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, email@example.com