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The gold Duke of Edinburgh is the final stage in the award. This is the step up from the silver award which can be started from the age of 16. We find that the people who are doing the gold have really adopted the Duke of Edinburgh award and by the time they get to the gold level need very little support through their gold award. Alfresco Adventures can both train and asses the award at all levels, all our trainers are highly qualified and experienced which means a high standard of training is given which we believe is extremely important so that the groups can be independent and self sufficient. Our proposed package will re cap all the skills learnt on the bronze and silver awards and introduce further skills and practices to shape a proficient navigator, team player and self sufficiency whilst on the hill. 2 days expedition training- These two days will give the group a great opportunity to further their knowledge and skill set to prepare for their practice expedition, including; navigation; group management; weather and kit. 4 day practice expedition- Here the group will head out into their chosen location and put their theory into practice. This will give the group an opportunity to test drive their skills ready for the qualifying. Under close supervision of the trainer the group will go over the skills they had learnt on the 1 day practice expedition training and will also include three night camps where they will recap skills learnt on the silver award and introduce new skills to advance their camp knowledge. 1 day pre-expedition refresher- The group will arrive the day before the expedition and do kit checks, have a question and answer session, do a 3 hour navigation refresher and meet their assessor. 4 day qualifying expedition- This is the part we find most groups thoroughly enjoy. The qualifying expedition allows the group to bring all their training and skills together and enjoy a four days three nights self sufficient journey. The group will be left to their own devices to complete their planned journey and complete the final stage in the award. Our assessors will be keeping a close eye on the group by remote supervision. Upon completion of the expedition the group have the option to complete their presentation with their assessor. Additional training days can be provided if required. Our proposed program can be tailored to suit your needs.