How long is a DofE expediton?

How long a DofE expedition is depends on two things:

  • What level it is.
  • Whether it is a Practice or a Qualifier.


A Bronze Qualifier (BQ) lasts a minimum of 2 days, with 6 hours of planned activity per day (excluding cooking, camping etc).  A practice is not required at Bronze.  Bronze Qualifiers can usually be done locally, with your Unit or District, so ask your leaders.  It they need help, they can get in touch with us.


A Silver Practice (SP) lasts a minimum of 2 days and 2 nights.

A Silver Qualifier (SQ) lasts 3 days and 2 nights, with 7 hours of planned activity per day.


A Gold Practice (GP) lasts a minimum of 2 days and 2 nights.

A Gold Qualifier (GQ) lasts 4 days and 3 nights, with 8 hours of planned activity per day.  The candidates must arrive in the area the day before they start the expedition – ‘the acclimatisation day’ when they discuss their plans with their Assessor.  We usually refer to this as Day 0, and the actual expedition as Days 1 to Day 4.

SEEE Expeditions in 2023

  • BQ (if required by Districts)
  • SP and SQ
  • GP and GQ

Planned Activity

Note that the hours of planned activity for a Qualifying Expedition do not include time for camping, cooking etc.  However, this does not mean that you have to walk for 6/7/8 hours each day.  Your planned activity should include time for your Aim – the project your group has agreed to do.  This can occupy up to half of the time, with travelling taking up the rest.  Your Route Card should show how you plan to use your time.  See some ideas for your aim.