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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

ACE has provided expeditions on a local, national and international scale. These have included expeditions using the medium of walking, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking.We have undertaken walking expeditions in the Galloway Forest Park, the Cairngorm National park and the Atlas Mountains Morocco. We have undertaken canoe and kayak expeditions on the Great Glen Way (Caledonian Canal), Loch Lomond and internationally in the Maddalena archipelago, off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. We have many exciting expeditions and residential opportunities, so give us a call or check our calendar.

2016 Open Expeditions

All expeditions meet and finish in Girvan, South Ayrshire.

Camping equipment and sleeping bags can be hired from the Adventure Centre for Education.

Canoeing in the Galloways (Silver D of E) 

Practice expedition (£180) – Monday 11th– Wednesday 13th April 2016

Assessment expedition (£180) – Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July 2016

Mountain Biking in the Galloways (Silver D of E)

Bikes and panniers are not provided on this expedition but can be hired for £15 per day. If you are planning to use you own bike it must be check by our instructor prior to the expedition.

Practice expedition (£135) – Monday 11th– Wednesday 13th April 2016

Assessment expedition (£135) – Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July 2016

Walking in the Galloways (Gold D of E)

Practice expedition (£180) – Monday 4th – Thursday 7th April 2016

Assessment expedition (£180) – Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th July 2016

Sea kayaking in South West Scotland (Gold D of E)

Practice expedition (£240) – Monday 4th – Thursday 7th April 2016

Assessment expedition (£240) – Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th July 2016

5 Day Multi-Activity Residential Experience (Suitable for Gold D of E Residential Section) £260

Monday 11th – Friday 15th July 2016

5 full days of activities including coasteering, stand up paddle boarding, gorge walking, mountain biking and abseiling, all activities are weather permitting. The cost includes food, campsite fees and free transport to and from activities.

You must 16 years old to attend this residential course based in Girvan, South Ayrshire .

Our programmes follow the DofE training framework and equip young people to safely and enjoyably undertake expeditions.We deliver DofE training, practice and/or qualifying expeditions, supervision and Accredited Assessment for any level of DofE in Scotland. ACE is an approved activity provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly known as the DofE)There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.

Bronze

•You can do a Bronze DofE programme once you’re 14 (or nearly 14, which sometimes happens when you and your friends decide to start your adventure together. However, your Leader must agree to this.)
•A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.
•You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.
•It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete our Bronze programme

Silver

The next step up from Bronze, you need to be at least 15 to start doing your Silver DofE programme. If you’ve achieved your Bronze Award, your Leader may allow you to start your Silver a month or two before your 15th birthday.
•A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It’s up to you which one you do for longer.
•The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.
•If you start your Silver without doing Bronze first you’ll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on. Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.
•It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved our Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

Gold

•Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme. No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.
•You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other – you decide which way round you do it. -Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in ‘wild country’.
•The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know. It’s great fun and a real chance to do something different!
•If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you’ll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.
•For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing our Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze