DofE Adventure… Goes Virtual!

We’ve all heard of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), but have you heard of DofE Adventure? DofE Adventure is a chance to relive, or experience for the first time, all the fun of an expedition whilst raising money for a great cause. Traditionally DofE Adventure would bring together avid hikers to walk 30km with an exciting overnight stay, but this year it’s virtual!

A survey conducted by the DofE found that doing the DofE is a vital support element for young people, especially through the uncertain times we’re currently facing. Research found that during the pandemic, 57% of participants reported to be coping fine or quite well with the loss of routine, and 48% were using the time to be more active than usual.

Not only are there a range of positives for young people, adults too can experience huge benefits from both volunteering and spending time in the great outdoors. Volunteering allows you to connect with others, can help alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression, and provides a fulfilling sense of purpose. The challenges we’ve all faced this year have reminded us how empowering it is to be in the outdoors, alongside the physical and mental benefits too. With this in mind, there’s no better time to get involved and raise awareness for the charity.

DofE Adventure Participant Hiking

Welcoming newcomers and existing Award holders alike, this year’s Virtual DofE Adventure challenges participants to collectively travel the length of the UK coastline – a mammoth 17,000km! The goal highlights the huge reach of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, welcoming young people from the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

To get involved in the Virtual DofE Adventure, simply follow three easy steps:

  1. Register online, either individually or as a team (there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition).
  2. Plan your route! Your Adventure can be anywhere in the UK and needs to be a minimum of 30km. Don’t forget – you can walk, run, cycle or even swim! When you begin, remember to record your mileage on your mobile or GPS tracker.
  3. Finally, and most importantly, fundraise! Adventurers are asked to raise at least £100 to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and their essential work.

To find out more, visit the DofE Adventure website.

Check out the range of Recommended Expedition Kit, and don’t forget to use your physical or digital DofE card for an additional discount in-store and online.