Target audience

This is a TWO DAY basic navigation and campsite training course aimed specifically at unqualified Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE Award) staff and volunteers in schools or youth services that assist with expedition training or lead directly supervised BRONZE level walking expeditions, based in UK Lowland Countryside.




  • A direct link to a school or youth group delivering Bronze DofE Award;
  • A basic understanding of the requirements of the DofE Bronze Award;
  • Personal experience of walking within the Scope below.

Recommended, but not required:

  • Basic camping experience;
  • A valid 2 day outdoor first aid certificate.



This course has been developed as an introductory training course to deliver basic skills and knowledge that can act as a springboard for further NGB training and qualifications.



Training, direct supervision and support of DofE Bronze level expeditions in lowland countryside terrain typically close to home, such as country paths, forests, open fields, etc that are generally no more than 3km from any road, access point, carpark or populate area.

This excludes: ‘wild country’, indirect and remote supervision, planned night journeying, winter conditions, and camping where there is no vehicular access.


Course format

Part 1: DofE e-Induction Course to be taken in advance of Part 2

Part 2: A 2 day part practical and part classroom based course, covering the content below.


Course content

This course covers the content recommended by the Outdoor Education Adviser’s Panel (OEAP) National Guidance document 7.1b Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions Specifically:

  • Camping skills for overnight expeditions, including tent erection and safe use of stoves;
  • Basic navigation;
  • Route planning;
  • Dealing with hazards such as road crossings and water courses;
  • Emergency procedures.


Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of how to assess and manage hazards e.g. water, road crossing, animals, etc.;
  • An understanding of the safe use and refilling of stoves;
  • An increased knowledge of basic navigation skills;
  • An increased knowledge of basic camp craft;
  • An awareness of the importance of robust emergency procedures.



This course is delivered by one of our qualified and experienced trainers, with extensive DofE Leadership experience.



Courses can be held any venue where there is easy access to UK lowland countryside.



This is a non-assessed training course. Candidates will receive a Certificate of Completion, which can be used towards the prerequisites of other awards, such as the Countryside Leader Award (CLA).



This course is verified and moderated by our technical advisers.



This course is closely aligned with, and specifically designed as a forerunner to the Countryside Leader Award (CLA) and the Bronze Level National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)



Open courses cost £300/person. Private courses cost £200/person (minimum of 4 people per course).


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