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Expedition resources and information

The Expedition section of the DofE can be very challenging but also extremely rewarding to a young person with additional needs.

The best starting point for information about the section is our recently updated Expedition Guide

The guide is designed to be the focal point of DofE policy and support for Leaders deliverying expeditions for young people who have additional needs.  The 20 conditions of the expedition are covered in detail in the guide and there is also advice and information on a range of issues including modes of transport, variations and integration. 

Below is a varied selection of resources which Leaders and participants have found useful in preparation and training for expeditions.

We also have further expedition resources available here.

20 conditions of the Expediton section

Variations guidelines.

Expedition variations process map

Current AAPs

A list of our current Approved Activity Providers who cater specifically for participants with additional needs.


Group kit list

A checklist of pictures for recommended group expedition items.


Symbol kit list

A kit list with named items and symbols.


Route cards

A symbol and picture route card example.


Project ideas

A range of expedition projects/aims to give you some inpsiration for your expedition.


Expedition activity

A checklist with images of things to discover on an expedition.


Rucksack packing

A picture guide on how to pack your rucksack.


Assessor's Reports

Downloadable Large Print versions of the Assessor's pages from the Keeping Track booklet (Bronze, Silver and Gold)








Resources from the network

We welcome any documents from DofE Leaders and Supervisors working with young people who have additional needs so we can share them with the DofE network.  Please send items for consideration to [email protected]

Expedition section overview

Symbols format.

Countryside code

Symbols format.

Protect the countryside

Symbols format.


List of accessible routes

A list of routes that Leaders and participants with a range of additional needs have tried and tested.


Useful links


Expedition equipment


Expedition top tips...

Have you considered the following...?

  • Canals
  • Disused railways
  • Forest trails
  • Cycle paths
  • Enclosed country parks
  • More project work and less journeying
  • Picture routes
  • Using a static camp.