Expedition Skills Module

This two day Expedition Skills Module trains candidates in the skills required to lead overnight camping expedition walks in terrain and conditions specific to the scope of your walking leaders qualification.

The Expedition Skills Module is an optional module available to walking leaders. It's an opportunity to increase your skills where you will be trained and assessed to lead groups on multi-day camping expeditions. The Expedition Module is ideal for those involved with Duke of Edinburgh's Award because the skills covered apply to expeditions using commercial campsites as well as wild camping.

Ashdown forest

Course detail

The Expedition Module is a combined training and assessment course lasting two days with one overnight camp.  At the end of the course your attendance will be recorded as either a 'pass' or 'not yet completed'.  If you fail to complete you will be given an action plan advising you on how to improve your skills to a standard that you would pass another assessment.

The course is delivered at both Essex Outdoors Danbury and Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. These are popular locations for DofE expeditions.

Course content will include:

  • The type of and use of relevant equipment
  • Type, preparation and cooking of expedition food
  • Planning and leadership
  • Training and supervision of expedition groups

Kit list

What you need to bring:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Suitable outdoor clothing
  • Walking boots (no trainers)
  • Comfortable casual clothing
  • Gloves and warm hat
  • Day sack liner (bin bag)
  • Water bottle/vacuum flask
  • Small first aid kit
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Gaiters
  • Head torch
  • Toiletries
  • Compass and whistle
  • Waterproof map case
  • 1:25000 scale OS Maps specific to the location of the course
  • Completed Mountain Training Dlog
  • Food requirements for each day
  • Personal tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat
  • Torch
  • Camp cooker
  • Anything else you feel will assist you

Listed below are some useful books to read:

  • Hill walking (S Long MLTUK 2004)
  • Mountain craft and leadership (E Langmuir)
  • LLA Scheme Handbook (PDF available as a free download from MT)
  • The Countryside code (Countryside Agency)


  • You must be registered for the module on the Mountain Training candidate management system (CMS).
  • You must have passed a walking leader assessment (Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader).
  • You must have logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps; ideally in a variety of contexts.
  • You must have assisted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your 10 personal camps).
  • You must have a valid 16 hour first aid certificate, relevant to your work as a walking leader.

A satisfactorily completed Dlog is an essential pre-course requirement for successful completion of your Expedition Module.

Please note, Essex Outdoors uses an approved Mountain Training provider to deliver the Lowland Leader courses.

Essex Outdoors offers the relevant first aid training courses to meet the needs of this assessment. Click here for more information.

Course Info

2 days
Essex Outdoors Danbury
Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
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