WRITING YOUR DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD EXPEDITION REPORT
Part of your assessment for your expedition is your personal report and the basic requirements are the same for either level - aim for about one side of A4 in length for each day (and half a page to one page for your aim report - obviously, more for gold than silver). Try to write this as soon as possible after the trip before you forget the details and lose your route card etc. Keep your route plans, the map and if possible any photographs taken; they all help to add interest and detail. Writing your report is an opportunity for personal reflection – to look back and focus on what you have achieved.
The following headings or key points will provide a framework for your report: -
The date and organisational details. e.g. we were taken by mini bus to Blackford on Friday 11th of September, leaving Dollar at 9.00 in the morning.
- The route – describe where you went. Include the start, the finish, campsite details, etc and mention any landmarks / hills etc. Include drawings or copies of maps if possible with your own description of the places involved.
- The group – name names, comment on the personalities and the way the group worked together (or not).
- The weather and general conditions experienced on the trip.
- Points of interest – animals, flowers, rivers, mountains, ruins- anything you noticed on your trip.
- Photos – add plenty of these if you can
- Map – add a copy of your route map (annotated) if possible
- The story of the trip – main events, significant meals, blisters or problems
- Lessons learned – did your gear stand up to the test? Would you take different clothes or food? Would you like to do more expeditions?
Do try to be honest and by all means express your views but remember that this is a formal report. It will carry your name, be read by “others” and possibly may be published by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as an example of a participant’s experience.
Your report can be handwritten or typed – sign it at the bottom and pass it to Mr Johns in D17 as soon as possible after your expedition. Late reports may jeopardise your chances of being accepted to the next level of the award for Silver; Gold reports are sent away to an external assessor shortly after the deadline so if this is missed it will be much harder for you to complete your expedition section.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AN EXPEDITION REPORT IF YOU WISH TO COMPLETE THE EXPEDITION SECTION OF THE AWARD.
Download PDF version here.