Duke of Edinburgh Award

Shadwell Basin have been running a Duke of Edinburgh programme for the last three years and have a high pass rate for their borough. In 2017 at Shadwell Basin, we currently had a Bronze and a Silver group of trainees in the process of completing their award, this concludes February 2018.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24 year olds the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and expand their skill set. The award is a great way for the centre to help young people become more independent with the skills that they learn from the outdoor sports they participate in and to encourage their leadership skills. The young people also get to develop life skills by volunteering in their local community.

Congratulations to our Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh trainees of 2017 for completing their practice expedition in the Peak District in March. The young people completed two days of intensive campcraft and navigation days before embarking on their independent walks around Mam Tor and up Kinder Scout.

Duke of Edinburgh Group in their wet weather gear stand behind their rucksacks


Further to this they also completed their assessed expeditions in July up in the Lake District, in sight of Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England. They navigated their way around the Lake District while being assessed as a team on their walking and camp craft skills.

Duke of Edinburgh group look at their map


If you are not already a regular member of Shadwell Basin and you are interested in DofE please contact Will on: 020 7481 4210 to express your interest or by email on: mailto:will.tytler@shadwell-basin.org.uk

DofE Bronze, Silver & Gold Programme 2018

Please note that you have to be aged 13+ (in Year 9) to take part in the Bronze, 14+ (in year 10) for Silver and 16+ (in year 11) for Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.


Sunday 4th March – Registration to Bronze, Silver & Gold Award

Please arrive at 1.30pm where we will explain how the awards structure will work and whats involved. You will also be able to register to eDofE which is the system used to monitor and evidence your DofE journey.

Bronze & Silver Programme


Wednesday 7th March – Introduction to map reading

This lesson will take place at Shadwell and is classroom based. The purpose of the evening is to introduce the structure of the Ordinance Survey map system and the use of the key in order to understand the features from the map and how they relate to the land on which you will travel during expeditions.


Sunday 11th March – Hadley Country Park Walking and Navigation

This is a joint Youth Club and DofE walking trip which will introduce and develop practical map reading skills and how to relate distances in order to plan routes for day navigation. Register at Shadwell at 8.00am – Return by 4.30pm. Usual Youth Clubs Subs apply. 


Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th April – Bronze & Silver DofE Practice Expedition – Edale Valley in the Peak District

Here you will be guided and trained in the real outdoors on what it takes to complete a journey on your own in accordance with the DofE syllabi. Everything from putting up a tent, preparing food using a trangia, packing bags, route planning, and expedition training. After training you will complete a 2 day/3 day Practice Expedition lead by yourself with support where needed. Register at Shadwell on the 3rd at 6.00am – Return on the 7th by 8.30pm.

Sunday 8th July – Epping Forest

This is a joint Youth Club and DofE walking trip which will develop accurate map reading skills and micro navigation.  For DofE members this will be the last opportunity to practice before your final assessed expedition, you can also pick up borrowed equipment on this day such as cooking equipment, rucksacks, tents etc. Register at Shadwell at 8.00am – Return by 4.30pm. Usual Youth Club Subs apply. 


Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July – DofE Bronze & Silver Assessed Expedition – Ullswater / Lakedistrict

After camping the first night the assessment begins the following morning, 2 days for Bronze and 3 days for Silver. This is where you will walk on the routes you have planned whilst being assessed in accordance with the DofE syllabi. This is the final assessment please be prepared and ready. Arrive at Shadwell at 6.00am on the 23rd and Return to Shadwell on the 27th at 8.00/10.00pm.See DofE page for further details.



DofE Gold Programme

Prior to the Practice Expedition a training programme will be set giving the canoeing skills needed for the Cross Scotland Practice Expedition. These dates will be confirmed soon.


Sunday 27th May to Saturday 2nd June

Gold Practice Expedition

Cross Scotland Canoe Challenge – the Atlantic to the North Sea

Paddling the Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland to Inverness on the North Coast. The Challenge will take you 60 miles over 5 days on this self sufficient journey, carrying all the supplies you need whilst camping in Wild Campsites along the way. The route will take you through 22 miles of the Caledonian Canal and paddle across the famous: Loch Ness, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour. This is a fundraising trip so you will need to commit to fundraising by first applying to be selected for the trip. This is a great opportunity and a lifetime experience.


Sunday 26th August to Saturday 1st September

DofE Gold Assessed Expedition – Canoeing the Derwent Water and the River Derwent – Lake District

The dates above allow for travel and a nights camping prior to the expedition. This is the gold expedition and will take place in Canoe on a 4 day self sufficient journey with 3 nights camping whilst on route. After the journey there will be a plan made to possible join the summer residential on Ullswater. Arrive at Shadwell at 6.00am on the 26th August and Return to Shadwell on the 1st September at 8.00/10.00pm.See DofE page for further details.