Leader’s Resources


Single occupancy tents no longer required on DofE expeditions.

On 23rd December 2021, the Scottish Government updated their guidance on outdoor expeditions:

  • No limits on overnight tent occupancy
  • No limits on expedition group size
  • It is recommended that where possible participants do not use toilet and washing facilities at the same time as those outside their group.
  • It is recommended leaders & participants be invited to undertake a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test before the expedition begins
  • Groups should continue to have clear arrangements in place for isolation and repatriation arrangements if required
  • Relevant school Covid-19 protocols are maintained travelling to & during the expedition.
  • The latest Scottish Government advice & guidance should be read in full

Consider these factors when planning expeditions: 
  • Anticipated high visitor numbers impacting the countryside, it is vital for the future sustainability of DofE expeditions that we safeguard our good relations with the Cairngorm National Park DofE Expeditions Liaison Group and other land managers
  • Increased possibility campsites will already be in use by others who have not notified land management
  • Parking difficulties due to increased volumes of users
  • Speed & ease of returning home should anyone develop Coronavirus symptoms during the expedition 
  • Opportunities to take advantage of the temporary DofE flexibilities & allowances
  • DofE Scotland policy encourages sustainable local expeditions where possible 

DofE With A Difference

Details of the temporary relaxations of rules regarding volunteering within the family, changing activities and expedition assessors

Download the “Rearranging Postponed DofE Expeditions” flyer here

Download a sample Covid-19 Expedition Risk Assessment template here.

Download a pdf of suggestions on how to support your DofE participants during the pandemic restrictions here.

Suggested Centre action plan


Other general information:

Please get in touch with the DofE Aberdeenshire team at awards@aberdeenshire.gov.uk if we can support your plans in any way.

Find out about DofE training and search for courses here.

A great deal of information and resources for Leaders can be found on the main DofE website

For example:

Blank route cards, training frameworks and much more at Expedition Downloads

Materials to promote and introduce DofE, programme planning sheets for participants & leaders, programme section ideas, section activity logsheets, residential guides etc at Programme Support Downloads

Estate contact details, Wild Country boundaries and local advice etc at  Greater Cairngorm information

Programme Planners for Skill, Physical & Volunteering Sections

Submit an Assessor’s Report

Please see below for documents specifically relevant to delivering the Award in Aberdeenshire:

Expedition Training Pack An invaluable 70Mb Zip file comprising expansive teaching resources organised for delivery of the Expedition Training Programme.  Difficulty in downloading?  Alternative sources here and here

Expedition Training Checklist

Expedition Assessor Report Template  An aide-memoire/ checklist for compiling expedition assessment notes

Assessor Reaccreditation Form EAAS8  Required of assessors every 5 years

IMPORTANT Check Suitability of a Gold Residential before participants book  RESIDENTIAL – Info and Approval Form

Supporting a DofE participant leaflet

eDofE Enrolment Form – Participants NEW

Participant Pack Order Form 2020/21

eDofE YouTube channel  Useful “how-to” videos for Participants and Leaders

Camping Stove Fuel Storage Advice 

Leader’s eDofE Intro Flowchart

Base Contact Training

Emergency response card

Titling of Trips on Evolve & Green Forms

Expedition planning process A breakdown of the notification/ approval steps for Coordinators and Expedition Leaders

Evolve Staff Starter Guide

Evolve EVC Starter Guide

Evolve Initial Approval Form

Extended leaders advice on 20 conditions

A presention about caring for the Cairngorm National Park

St John’s Ambulance teaching course dedicated to the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition first aid.

Health and Wellbeing article/ local case study on benefits of DofE Award on participant’s wellbeing

Tent pitching video and other resources from the suppliers of Endurance tents

Tent Pitching video for anybody who hasn’t been camping!

Mountaineering Scotland has a very informative website including much on Mountain Safety.  For example advice on the risks of lightning

Aberdeenshire’s Lowhills Training Scheme Logbook PDF version Word Doc version

Volunteer expense claim form

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