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DofE Expedition Training Resources

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We wrote the course notes document to supplement our in-class training for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition. Over the years we have expanded the course notes and added new resources.

 

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There follows the list of available resources (if you know what you are looking for then you can easily find it here). Further down the page they are listed again with more information.

 

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Resources produced by Lupine Adventure Co-operative

  1. Course Notes (Download | Details)
  2. Twelve lesson plans for DofE expedition classroom based learning (Download | Details)
  3. Emergency Procedures Exercise cards (Download | Details)
  4. Make-a-Menu food flash cards (Download | Details)
  5. Make-a-Menu food Flash cards - Large size for front of room demonstrations (Download | Details
  6. newRemote supervision and Searches booklet (Download | Details)
  7. Answer phone message asking for help (Download Details)
  8. Assessor report form (This document will probably not work in a browser window. Save it an open in Adobe Acrobat) (Download | Details)
  9. A5 How to take a compass bearing and relocation strategies sheet  (Download | Details
  10. Briefing sheet: Coaching up-hill walking (Download | Details)
  11. Remote supervision checkpoint card (Download | Details)
  12. Expedition lesson plans supporting files (Download | Details)
  13. Excel route card (Download | Details)
  14. PDF of the above route card (Download | Details)
  15. Google Sheet of the above route card (Link | Details)
  16. Lupine's 'DofE Services for Schools' (Full colour brochure) (Download | Details)
  17. Lupine's 'DofE Services for Schools' (Double sided black and white print) (Download | Details)

Resources donated by others

  1. Shelagh's first aid powerpoint presentation
  2. Kirsty's first aid powerpoint presentation
  3. Mike's first aid quiz
  4. Shelagh's weather powerpoint presentation
  5. Another weather presentation
  6. Recipe for a route description 
  7. newHow to Use eDofE - Donated by Hampsire Scouting 
  8. newGuide to completing the Expedition section on eDofE
If you have resources to share then please send them in and we'll include them. Please make sure they do not include copyrighted images as we won't be able to check all pictures.

 

Ordnance Survey resources reproduced (with permission)

  1. Map reading made easy
  2. Understanding the national grid
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Course notes

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This download is the 34 page DofE Expedition Course Notes document that we provide to participants that we train. These Course Notes are used to complement the lessons that we deliver for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition section.

 

They cover, navigation, kit list, packing a rucksack, hazards and route planning, emergency procedures, compass work (including magnetic variation / declination), tips on sticking together, first aid, relocation when lost, menu planning theory and some ideas, tent use and care, campsite and wild camping tips, safe Trangia use, the weather, the country code, interpreting contours, ideas for aims of the expeditions and some guidance on how to ensure success on your expedition (the new, more positive, name for the 'how to fail your DofE expedition' page) and the 20 conditions of the expedition section listed in full.

 

Last updated October 2016. 

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12 Lesson plans for classroom based learning

These are the lesson plans for the classroom based instruction that we provide when doing short regular lessons at local schools. When on intensive weekend training we still use them as a guide but cover more areas out walking.

 

This document contains 12 classroom based session plans covering

  1. Maps
  2. Navigation
  3. Equipment and Rucksack Packing
  4. Hazards
  5. Menu Planning
  6. Stove safety and use
  7. Practice Route Planning
  8. First Aid
  9. Emergency Procedures
  10. Practice Expedition Debrief
  11. The country code and ensuring success on your expedition
  12. The aim of the expedition.

Last updated September 2015.

 

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Emergency procedures exercise cards

emergency proceduresCopies of cards designed to provoke discussion within a group as to the correct / prudent order of doing things when faced with an emergency (the example given is a sprained / broken ankle). We use these cards when teaching emergency procedures to Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) participants. Each card contains an activity (apply first aid or move the casualty into a tent for example), the participants have to place the cards into a sensible order that they would carry out the activity.

 

It works very well, most groups end up with a line of main activities and columns coming off the row indicating things they would do at the same time. Student and instructor briefing cards are on the last page. I am beginning to think that there are a few too many cards so you may wish to consider taking some out of the set. If you find these useful and would like copies printed onto card then let us know and we'll run some off for you.

 Last updated January 2017.

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Make a menu - food flash cards

altThese cards have been developed to help teach the menu planning segment of the DofE Expedition syllabus. There are over 70 cards with different common food types taken on expeditions. Students can use the cards to compare the benefits of different foods and lay them out to make a menu for the day.

 

The cards are individually numbered so if you print off more than one set you can split them up again if mixed up. The numbers are also colour coded between 'Breakfast Only', 'Breakfast / Lunch / Snack' and 'Evening Meal' so you can concentrate on one meal if you wish. There are blank cards at the end if you wish to add your own.

 

If you have any requests or suggestions of foods that we could add then just let us know and we'll stick them on.

Version 2.3 - September 2014.

 

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Make A Menu - A5 demonstration cards

This is an identical set of cards to the ones above but they have been enlarged to A5 size. We adapted these cards due to receiving numerous requests to do so from people who use the smaller version in the classroom. These cards are designed to be used by teachers and students to clearly show a room of people the foods that they have chosen

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Remote Supervision and Searches

This is a 24 page A5 booklet on the topic of Remote supervision and searching strategies for if you lose a group. We wrote this for partly for our training courses for teachers and partly for our in house staff training. It is imposed on A4 sheets for you to print double sided to then read as a booklet. The table of contents of this booklet reads...

1. Remote Supervision
1.1. What is remote supervision
1.2. Pre-requisites of remote supervision
1.3. Contact with the group – Seen vs unseen
1.4. When to stay close
1.5. Techniques of supervision
1.6. Lupine Adventure Co-op’s organisational model
1.7. Top tips for remote supervision
1.8. Kit in the supervisors bag 1
1.9. Debriefing the group
1.10. Kit to help keep track of your participants
 
Searches
2.1. Primary Searching Strategies
2.2. The Secondary Search
2.3. Calling Mountain Rescue
2.4. Advice to lost / injured groups

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Answer phone message asking for help

We always tell our participants that if they are calling for assistance and end up leaving an answer phone message that they also send a text with the same information afterwards. The reasons for this are:

1) We may pass through an area of phone signal or get a fleeting, weak signal meaning that we will see we have a message but be unable to listen to it. If it comes in as a text we can read the message even if we don't have signal when we come to read it.

 

2) A text message will transmit exactly how you send it. An answer phone message may be distorted due to poor signal or high wind at the callers location. The caller cannot tell what the recipient will hear.

 

This is an MP3 of an answer phone message left by a team requesting urgent medical attention and demonstrates the problems leaving messages on an answer phone. As it happened one of our members of staff was about 20 meters away behind a wall as this call was being made (though he couldn't see or hear what was going on) and was on the scene about 2 minutes later to cries of 'You're like ninjas you lot' .

When training groups in emergency procedures we play this clip to them to illustrate the point.

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Assessor report - Interactive PDF

Because as AAP's we don't get to see if an assessor has successfully completed their reports on eDofE we ask that they instead complete this interactive PDF document. We then take the information from this document and put it into eDofE ourselves. This means that if eDofE fails to record the report either thorough a glitch in its system or through user error we still have a copy of the report that we can upload or send to the DofE leader who lets us know that there has been a problem (sometimes years later).

 

You may not be able to edit (or maybe even view) this in your browser. Right click on it and save it before opening it in Adobe Acrobat.

Last Updated 29 October 2015

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How to take a bearing and relocation strategies A5 sheet

This download is a single sheet of A4 designed to be printed double-sided and laminated. We created it at the request of a teacher who wanted to give her students a sheet that they could keep in their map case as a reminder of these important skills and concepts. If you have any ideas for useful resources that you would like us to try and create then please do get in touch.

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Briefing Sheet: Coaching Up-hill Walking

This is a single side of A4 with a bit of advice on how to coach efficient up hill walking. Some groups really struggle with the up hill bits. This sheet gives a bit on instruction on how to develop an Alpine Plod within your group.

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Remote supervision check point card

These are small cards to give to participants to leave at pre-arranged points to let you know that they have gone through. The idea being that if you find a card and then subsequently loose a group you can be pretty sure they are further along their route than the location you found the card.

 

At Lupine Adventure Co-op we very rarely use these cards (only once or twice in the last 5 years). We have only handed them out on specific days when we have identified a point that we want to check them through but are not sure if we will make in time.

 

We feel that while they are a useful tool they should be used with caution to prevent creeping towards a 'lazy', roadside style of supervision. Additionally it must be remembered that if you don't see a card you have to be prepared for the fact that it may have been lost, forgotten or removed.

 

If you use these cards or something similar then it is very important that you always collect them afterwards, if you don't then you are simply littering the country side (by proxy :-) ). In some areas (The New Forest, for example) their use is forbidden due supervisors neglecting to collect them too often in the past. In the New Forest, assessors are asked to remove them irrespective of whether they are current or not. You are advised to check with the local expedition area before using them.

 

If you don't have these cards to hand you can always ask them to leave an apple core or something similar on a gate post for you to collect later.

 

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Expedition lesson plans supporting files

This is a zip file containing various Pictures and PDF's that we use as part of the lessons. There are also some photos of whiteboards results of the lessons. they are designed to go with the lesson plans above. A lot of the pictures are poor quality with or exhibit terrible handwriting. We will be replacing them over time with better samples but what is there is better than nothing for now.

 

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Excel format route card

Route card in editable Excel format. Key in the start time and the distance, height gained and rest times on each leg and it will calculate and fill in the estimated time taken and the totals.

 

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements to this route card.

 

This excel file has protected cells that the user cannot edit without keying in a password to prevent accidental deletion of formulas. If you would like to know the password so you can edit it further then please ask.

 

Credit is due to Thomas Gaffney who has made it easier to add more rows and made the formula for the time allowed for height gained much more elegant. And Andrew Preston who has made it look much nicer buy hiding all the zero's of unused rows.

Version 3.3 - June 2013

 

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PDF format route card

Same route card as above but in PDF format (not editable)

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Google Sheet of route card

This is the same route card as above in 'Google sheet' format. I am not a Google Guru but here goes. You will need to have a Google accout to really use this to its full potential. You can make a copy of this sheet which will save it to your Google Drive. Then give the participants access to it by sharing a link with them. They can then update the sheet on any suitable device attached to the internet. By doing it this way you can keep track of how they are getting on.

 

Before printing or exporting to PDF you may want to delete any unused rows or simply shrink them a bit to make it fit on one page.

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Lupine's 4 page full colour print out detailing our DofE services for schools

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Lupine's 2 page black and white print out detailing our DofE services for schools

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