Expeditions for Explorers/Network

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Are you an Explorer Scout or Network member looking for an opportunity to complete your Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) expedition in 2022/23?


Then check out our website to find out about options for hillwalking, canoeing and biking expeditions being planned by South East Explorer Expeditions (SEEE).

So that we can plan for the 2023 season, we need Explorers to register their interest for next year.  We are offering Hillwalking, Canoeing and Cycling as options at Silver and Gold, so those hoping to do an expedition next year should follow this link to start planning now.  They/you should then tell us what expedition they/you are interested in.

We would ask Leaders and parents to encourage the Explorers to take part, and to record their interest – without having to make a firm commitment at this stage.

At SEEE, we focus on DofE expeditions for Silver and Gold, as Bronze can usually be run by Units or Districts, but we can organise or support Bronzes if required – for instance, where local leaders are not able to do so, or where numbers are small.

Any questions or want to know more?You can email the team at – expeditions@sesscouts.org.uk

Opportunities for adults to help 

SEEE also has lots of opportunities for adults to volunteer to help to make expeditions possible – with your local Unit, in the planning team , or as a member of our teams who run expeditions at all levels.  To find out more about volunteering fill in this short form and we will be in touch. DofE volunteers help build young people up, so they can be the best they can be. Volunteering isn’t just a part of the award, we need volunteers to help the programme run too. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an awards programme which gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment.

It’s delivered by a number of licensed providers across the UK: Scouts being one of the biggest.

By taking part, young people build on a huge range of practical and character skills – like resilience, problem-solving, team-working and drive – and come out the other side with a stronger sense of self (something really brilliant to put on their CV), or talk about in their uni and job applications).

There are three award levels to achieve:
Bronze – for those aged 14+ years*
Silver – for those aged 15+ years*
Gold – for those aged 16+ years

Young people build their own custom DofE programme: choosing from a range of skills-based challenges, physical activities, volunteering opportunities and expeditions to suit their interests and goals.

As part of their Gold Award, they also take part in a residential activity.

Scouts can complete their DofE while they’re in Explorers or Network, linking their achievements to the Chief Scout’s PlatinumDiamond and Queen’s Scout Awards. As well as the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

* If a young person isn’t 14 or 15 yet, but is in the school year in which their peer group turns 14/15, they can start their respective award. All activities must be completed by a young person’s 25th birthday.