Open Expeditions

Participants must be enrolled to Dorset Council. 

This includes dates, application forms and other helpful resources.

Achieving your Award is an adventure from beginning to end and this section can give you some of your most memorable experiences!

From sailing along the Norfolk Broads to walking in Canada or horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, it can be as far-flung or as close to home as you want it to be.  You can also choose how you want to travel – it doesn’t just have to be on foot!  You could choose to do your expedition by bike, by canoe, by kayak, by wheelchair, by sailing boat or even on a horse or llama!

Having said all that, DofE Centres may only be able to offer you walking as an option because that is where the leader expertise lies.

However, you can still join an expedition elsewhere so long as it is delivered by a DofE licensed organisation. If this organisation is outside of your own licensed organisation, and not an Approved Activity Provider, it is essential that you check insurance cover.

You must be enrolled, on eDofE, at the level of the expedition that you are undertaking.

Further information on the DofE Expedition section

Dorset Council Expeditions

Participants must be enrolled to Dorset Council. 

Usually, Gold Events go to Dartmoor from the Top ‘O Town Car Park, Dorchester, and back again. 

The Kit List and Food ideas are at the bottom of the page.

BURSARY. Dorset works closely with the John Thornton Young Achiever’s Foundation to support young people, enrolled through the County, to achieve more than family funds could usually support. See JTYAF Application Form for Dorset DofE


All applications need to be on the appropriate form, accompanied by a consent form and deposit – forms at bottom of the page. 

Please pay online by using this link: DofE Expeditions (

Activity detail will be uploaded 2-3 weeks before each event. 

30 Sept – 4 Oct 2022 Gold Final – New Forest – Activity Details

2023 Potential further dates for independent Golds

Sat 11 Feb – Sun 12 Feb 2023 (Bunkhouse) Training, rolling into Mon 13 Feb – Wed 15 Feb Practice

Fri 31 Mar – Tues 4 Apr 2023 Easter Gold Final (if Trg and Prac completed)

Thurs 29 Jun – Fri 30 Jun 2023 Training, rolling into Sat 1 Jul to Mon 3 Jul Practice

Tues 29 Aug – Thurs 31 Aug 2023 Practice

Fri 29 Sept – Tues 3 Oct 2023 Final

If dates above do not suit, have a look here OR contact to discuss where you might be able to form or join a team within Dorset Council’s DofE area. 

Bronze and Silver expeditions or opportunity are arranged as and when for our independent participants. .


Expedition FAQs

Medical and Consent Form

Dorset Exped Application Form

Required Kit List

DofE Gourmet Meal suggestions and Suggestions with Weblinks 2022

You must be enrolled at the appropriate level to undertake the Expedition. If you are not, please complete online

AAP (Approved Activity Provider) choices are found here.