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, see dofe staff as soon as possible. There are some 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 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 their previous awards… RGS dofe students must earn their Bronze Award to continue with Silver and must pass Silver to continue with Gold.
4. Carry their own equipment. Students unable to do this will need to talk to staff to get advice on light weight equipment or consider canoeing* or cycling* as an expedition option (*groups / spaces permitting).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GOLD: Gold practice will take place in May Half Term starting in 2018. Gold qualifying will take place at the very end of summer term in early July. GOLD expeditions are now operated on the ground by our partners at Expeditions Wales. RGS staff will still be on the ground and organise the expeditions.
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 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 and no camping overnight. Dates for these will be issued to these groups separately.
Bronze expedition first aid training (3rd years) March 6, 13, 20 and 27 4 – 5pm (usually recital room)
DEADLINE for DofE awards to be completed (4-6th year) Friday 9 March
Deadline for completing all summer expedition planning Friday 16 March
Bronze 3rd year conservation day Tuesday 27 March
RGS Annual Award presentation evening 7 – 8pm Weds 25 April (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 expedition for new 3rd Years 6-7 May (bank holiday on Monday 7 May)
Extra Bronze expedition (mop-up/invite ONLY) Friday 25- Saturday 26 May (start of half term)
GOLD canoe expedition L6 Sat 26-Tues 29 May
GOLD practice hiking expedition (new dates for 2018) 29 May – 1 June half term
Silver practice (for new 4th year Silvers) Sunday 24- Tuesday 26 June
Bronze Conservation Day Monday 2 July
Gold qualifying expedition 2-6 July
GOLD canoe qualifying expedition August 23-26
Bronze qualifying expedition (4th Year) Friday 5 – Saturday 6 October 2018
Silver qualifying expeditions (5th Year) Saturday 13 – Monday 15 October 2018
GOLD night hike recce Friday 2 November 4-10pm
GOLD L6 night hike Friday 9 November 4-11pm
GOLD parents and students information evening for Gold expeditions Tuesday 6 November 7pm Old Library (tbc)
Conservation Day Tuesday 11 December (final for 4th year bronze)
(these dates are proposed only and tbc, do not use for family holiday booking purposes)
New L6 GOLD expedition training day (compulsory) Thursday 3 January 2019
DEADLINE for DofE awards to be completed (4-6th year) Friday 15 March
Deadline for completing all summer expedition planning Friday 15 March
Conservation Day (new 3rd Years) Weds March 27
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 practice expeditions 5-6 May 2019
Bronze mop-up expedition 24-25 May 2019 (invite only) – this is not an open expedition to be chosen in preference to 5-6 May.
GOLD practice hiking expeditions 28 May -1 June 2019
Silver practice expedition 4th year 23-25 June 2019
GOLD qualifying hiking expedition 1-6 July 2019
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, email@example.com