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UPDATE 

Silver : qualifying expedition will now go ahead on Tuesday 1st September till Thursday 3rd September 2020 The route will be what you planned  on Monday 16th March 2020 .

DofE Silver expeditions 2020

Here is the information about your Silver Qualifying expedition. Your leaders will meet you at your start points on Tuesday 1st September. They will bring all equipment supplied by Big Strides with them, including any personal hire kit. The expedition will last for 3 days and 2 nights and you will all finish at Hagley Rail Station on Thursday 3rd September from 1500 onwards.

Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd September 2020

Start and times, Tuesday 1st September

Group Location Time

1 Barnt Green Rail Station East car park 0930

2 Barnt Green Rail Station East car park 1000

3 Barnt Green Rail Station East car park 1030

4 Bromsgrove Rail Station car park 0930

5 Bromsgrove Rail Station car park 1000

6 Bromsgrove Rail Station car park 1030

End , Thursday 3rd September

All at Hagley Rail Station, from approximately 1500 onwards

Campsites

Tuesday 1st September Beaconfield, off 65 Monument Lane B45 9QJ

Wednesday 2nd September Bell Heath Centre , Quantry Lane DY9 9UU

Participants Guidelines and Instructions

· If any participant exhibits any signs/symptoms of Covid-19 infection they must not come on the expedition. If they are isolating at home for any reason, including family exhibiting symptoms, they must not come on the expedition.

· If any member of the participant’s family with whom they live develops Covid-19 symptoms whilst the expedition is taking place then urgent contact must be made with Dave Ellis on 0771 409 4427. The expedition will then be terminated and all participants and staff sent home to isolate. It is the responsibility of the participant and their parent/guardian to arrange any transport home in such circumstances.

· If any Covid-19 signs/symptoms develop during the expedition then the participant must inform a Leader immediately. The expedition will then be terminated and all participants and staff sent home to isolate. It is the responsibility of the participant and their parent/guardian to arrange any transport home in such circumstances.

· Participants should consider how they will travel to and from the expedition. If using public transport, they must follow current Government guidelines including the wearing of face coverings.

· Participants need to socially distance according to current Government guidelines between themselves, expedition staff and other members of the public both during the day and on campsites. Face coverings may be required when using indoor facilities such as toilets on campsites.

· Handwashing should be carried out on a regular basis when facilities are available. It is advised to carry hand sanitiser gel to use when running water is not available. Hands should be cleaned before all eating and before and after using any communal facilities such as toilets and showers. Drink bottles must not be shared.

· Each participant must be self contained with no sharing of equipment. Each group must be self contained in terms of interaction with Big Strides staff, i.e. maximum group size is 5 plus 1 staff member.

· Each individual will be given a separate numbered tent to sleep in. Each individual should carry the flysheet during the day as an emergency shelter. The inner, poles and pegs will be put in a numbered bag by the participant in the morning at the campsite, given to BS staff and will be taken to the next campsite by BS staff.

· Each individual will be given a stove and fuel. We will be using gel fuel on this expedition. There must be no sharing of stoves, especially pots, pans and handles. Each participant must bring their own cutlery, mug, matches/lighter and cooking utensils and washing up kit. Stoves and fuel will be carried by participants during the expedition.

· Each individual will have their own maps as supplied by BS. They will also be supplied with a red permanent pen for marking routes on the maps. There must be no sharing of maps or pens. Each group will need a minimum of 2 compasses. These are NOT supplied by BS. The participant who owns the compass is responsible for ensuring it’s safe treatment and that it is not shared.

Any questions not covered or to make contact during the expedition,

phone:Dave Ellis 0771 409 4427 or

email: dave@birminghamadventure.co.uk

 

Gold : practice expedition 

Here is the information about your Gold Practice expedition. Your expedition will be led by Andy Stowe and Gary Hewitt. They will meet you at Church Stretton Rail Station (SY6 6PG) at 1030 on Thursday 16th July. They will bring all equipment supplied by Big Strides with them, including any personal hire kit. The expedition will last for 3 days and 2 nights and you will finish at Church Stretton Rail Station on Saturday 18th July at approximately 1700.

You will get your routes and checkpoints for the 3 days at the start point. You will plan your Day 1 route to the first checkpoint at the start and then plan each leg on Day 1 from each checkpoint with the assistance of one of the leaders. You will plan Days 2 and 3 in the Day 1 campsite. All route planning must be done on each individuals map as supplied but obviously some discussion between group members can take place to agree routes.

We have also made available additional Parental Consent Forms which we would like you to complete and bring with you on the expedition so that we have the most up to date information about you.

Participants Guidelines and Instructions

· If any participant exhibits any signs/symptoms of Covid-19 infection they must not come on the expedition. If they are isolating at home for any reason, including family exhibiting symptoms, they must not come on the expedition.

· If any member of the participant’s family with whom they live develops Covid-19 symptoms whilst the expedition is taking place then urgent contact must be made with Dave Ellis on 0771 409 4427. The expedition will then be terminated and all participants and staff sent home to isolate. It is the responsibility of the participant and their parent/guardian to arrange any transport home in such circumstances.

· If any Covid-19 signs/symptoms develop during the expedition then the participant must inform a Leader immediately. The expedition will then be terminated and all participants and staff sent home to isolate. It is the responsibility of the participant and their parent/guardian to arrange any transport home in such circumstances.

· Participants should consider how they will travel to and from the expedition. If using public transport, they must follow current Government guidelines including the wearing of face coverings.

· Participants need to socially distance according to current Government guidelines between themselves, expedition staff and other members of the public both during the day and on campsites. Face coverings may be required when using indoor facilities such as toilets on campsites.

· Handwashing should be carried out on a regular basis when facilities are available. It is advised to carry hand sanitiser gel to use when running water is not available. Hands should be cleaned before all eating and before and after using any communal facilities such as toilets and showers. Drink bottles must not be shared.

· Each participant must be self contained with no sharing of equipment. Each group must be self contained in terms of interaction with Big Strides staff, i.e. maximum group size is 5 plus 1 staff member.

· Each individual will be given a separate numbered tent to sleep in. Each individual should carry the flysheet during the day as an emergency shelter. The inner, poles and pegs will be put in a numbered bag by the participant in the morning at the campsite, given to BS staff and will be taken to the next campsite by BS staff.

· Each individual will be given a stove and fuel. We will be using gel fuel on this expedition. There must be no sharing of stoves, especially pots, pans and handles. Each participant must bring their own cutlery, mug, matches/lighter and cooking utensils and washing up kit. Stoves and fuel will be carried by participants during the expedition.

· Each individual will have their own maps as supplied by BS. They will also be supplied with a red permanent pen for marking routes on the maps. There must be no sharing of maps or pens. Each group will need a minimum of 2 compasses. These are NOT supplied by BS. The participant who owns the compass is responsible for ensuring it’s safe treatment and that it is not shared.

Any questions not covered or to make contact during the expedition,

phone:Dave Ellis 0771 409 4427 or

email: dave@birminghamadventure.co.uk

 

September 1st  - 5th September will be the qualifying expedition  and you will do you presentation at the end of it

All information will be posted on this page of the website regarding expeditions in due course. Please check your account on edofe as well .

The City of Birmingham Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Association has been set up to serve the national Duke of Edinburgh`s Award within the City of Birmingham, supporting young people and leaders by providing grants to participating young people. Income is used for the benefit of persons aged 14 to 25 who are partaking in the D of E from a D of E group from any Licensed Organisation within the City of Birmingham by awarding small grants (typically between £50 and £100) to individuals. Further information is available and applications can be made via the website:  http://bhamdoeawardassoc.webs.com/