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Our Programmes

Duke of Edinburgh & Expeditions

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SOEC develops and delivers a range of expedition programmes incorporating The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or the John Muir Award, presenting groups with the challenge to Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share a wild place.

Expeditions are designed to test individuals’ abilities to manage in off-site, wild environments, so an adventurous spirit and a degree of physical fitness is required.

Expeditions At A Glance

  • SOEC can work together with your group to deliver the aims of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Mostly focused on the Expeditions (walking or canoeing), but could also offer elements of the physical section (eg kayaking) and volunteering (eg 1st aid certificate).
  • Expeditions incorporating the John Muir Award usually take place over ten days, in a flexible combination of weekends and residential weeks as required .
  • Camp craft, night navigation, climbing, wild food collecting and kayaking are just a small selection of the skills acquired. Each programme culminates in the final weekend expedition where practice and preparation are put to the test.
  • Tutor to customer ratios during the expedition are a maximum of 1: 8 ensuring a high level of support and guidance.
  • The John Muir Award involves each group planning and managing a project that will have a direct benefit on a wild location, whether it be building an animal hide in the Queen Elizabeth Forest or planting a biodiversity garden. For more details about the John Muir Award visit

Learning Outcomes

These outcomes will depend on the expedition that is developed for you, but should include:

          • Navigation skills
          • Environmental Awareness
          • Planning and team role development skills
          • Increased self-belief and independence
          • Ability to self-assess