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Gold Award

Gold timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months 
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months 
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
  • If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Please see below the two options below :

Gold 2021 you can only select this option if you have already completed Silver 

Awaiting confirmation if  Silver Qualifying expedition count's Gold Practice for 2021


Saturday 17th July to Wednesday 21st July Gold Qualifying

Cost £360 

This might change if you have to do day walks it will be cheaper of if you have to do the practice expedition it will be more expensive

If you have not already completed Silver then you will need to go through the option below  or any other company that offers open Gold Award 

Big Strides Consulting Ltd

Building on the successes of previous years, Big Strides Consulting Ltd. will be continuing to run Open Gold Expedition programmes in 2021.These expeditions are subject to any restrictions in place due to coronavirus and the format will be based on current advice at the time from Government and DofE. The proposed programme will include:

Participants can choose from the following expeditions to complete both Practice and Qualifying expeditions. The option of just doing a qualifying expedition is also available for those who have completed their training and Practice expedition elsewhere. All expeditions are subject to adequate numbers signing up.

Dates Location Award level

Sat 29th to Mon 31st May 2021 tbc Gold (Training & Practice only)

Week commencing 17th July 2021 tbc Gold (Practice and Qualifying)

Week commencing 21st August 2021 tbc Gold (Practice and Qualifying)

Gold Qualifying Expeditions will include an acclimatisation day before the start of the expedition and a 4 day, 3 night expedition.

All training and expeditions will be led by staff qualified to at least Mountain Leader (Summer) level. Staff will also hold the DoE Supervisor and/or Assessor qualification

The cost for the programmes is £520 (this excludes the 29.00 enrolement fee ) and includes all training, supervision and assessor staff, campsites and group equipment use (tents, stoves, fuel and maps). This fee is refundable, less a £40 deposit, if the expeditions are cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Cheques made payable to: Big Strides Consulting Ltd or contact us for payment by bank transfer.

It does not include participant food and travel to and from the expeditions. The cost also does not include any personal equipment, although this can again be arranged for hire or sale.

If you are interested in joining our 2021 programme, then please send your name and contact details to:

Dave Ellis, DofE Expedition Co-ordinator Big Strides Consulting Ltd. Unit 8, Riland Industrial Estate, Norris Way Sutton Coldfield B75 7BB Phone: 07714094427 E mail:

To enrol please click  Enrolment

See below re covid