Queen’s Scout, DofE Gold, Chief Scout’s Diamond, DofE Silver Canoe Expeditions

Date: 25th Jan 2020 Author: Scout Websites

Scouts N.I. have now launched the 2020 NIEX Canoe expeditions aimed at Explorer Scout and Network Scout members who wish to complete their Chief Scout’s Diamond Award or Queen’s Scout Award and require to complete their expedition this year.
Individuals, members of small Units, or members of Units that are not normally able to offer expeditions are particularly welcome. A Booking Form is attached and includes information on costs and dates.  The booking form is to be returned to NI Scout Office, 109 Old Milltown Road, Belfast, BT8 7SP with deposit – Closing date 31st January 2020.
Aims of NIEX
The programme will operate at levels:

  1. all training, practice and qualifying expedition for Explorer Diamond Award/ DoE Silver or:
  2. all training, practice for Queen’s Scout Award/ DoE Gold.

Those wishing to attend any level will be required to commit to and attend all training sessions,  practice expeditions. A full itinerary is included in the attached booking form
Training on:-

  • Expedition kit, what to take, what not to.
  • Menu planning and implementation. Including menu for practice expedition to be implemented for qualifying expeditions.

Paddling & Canoe Skills
The cost of NIEX Diamond Expedition
The cost of training and expeditions will be in the region £215.00 (this does not include DofE registration which is currently an additional £22)
A £65.00 deposit is payable with the attached booking form to confirm a place and the balance of £150.00 can be paid in 3 instalments of £50.00 at the end of February, March and April 2020.
The cost of NIEX Queens Scout Expedition
The Cost of the Queens Scout Award (DofE Gold) expedition and training will be in the region of £245 (this does not include DofE registration which is currently an additional £29)
This includes training, transport, etc
A £65.00 deposit is payable with the attached booking form to confirm a place and the balance of £180.00 can be paid in 3 instalments of £60.00 at the end of February, March & April 2020.
Route Planning weekend
1pm Saturday 22nd Feb. to 12:30pm Sunday 23rd Feb – At Crawfordsburn Scout Centre for participants to plan both practice and qualifying routes.  We also will run some practical sessions on kit and meals
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 15th March     – location Movanagher Canal, north of Killrea
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 29th March
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 5th April
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 26th April
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 10th May
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 24th May
1:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday 21st June
Locations for above trainings to be arranged
CS Diamond / Silver / QSA / Gold – Practice Expedition
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June 2020 – Location Newferry Slipway to Coleraine
CS Diamond / Silver Qualifying Expedition
Thursday (afternoon) 27th August to Sunday 30th August – Location Shannon & Erne Waterway and Fermanagh Lakes,  Enniskillen.
QSA / Gold Qualifying Expedition 
Thursday (afternoon) 27th August to Monday 31th August
– Location Shannon & Erne Waterway and Fermanagh Lakes,  Enniskillen
Personal Kit – All participants are required to have good quality waterproofs, expedition clothing, personal 1st Aid kit, emergency bivi bag, Large Drybag style kitbag, sleeping mat and sleeping bags(in additional drybag), mug, bowl, spoon, dry bags, expedition food, etc. A full kit list will be provided after registration
Group Kit – Tents and Cooking stoves – Participants own scout group is expected to provide tents and Gas cooking stove.
Supplied Kit – Canoes, Bouyancy Aid, paddles
What happens if I have other things on that clash with the published itinerary? – Simply don’t sign up. You need to commit 100% – you need to make the decision what is important to you.
What happens if I miss one of the training / hike days? – Unless deemed to be exceptional circumstances, simply don’t, they are not just developing a skill, but a team development day. If you are not committed 100%, you will be given the option to drop back and attend in 2021. No refunds will be given and additional cost may be involved.
Who is running NIEX? – NIEX is run by a team of experienced Scout leaders who have many years of experience between them. All hold relevant permits and are trained DofE supervisors and/or assessors. Additional specialist trainers range from qualified 1st Aid trainers to ex NIEX participants who have completed their Queens Scout Expedition in previous years with NIEX.
If I sign up via the Crawfordsburn DofE Centre for my Duke of Edinburgh Award, what support will I get for skills, physical and volunteering sections of the award? – These sections are simply duplicates of the relevant Scout Award. They should be supervised and completed during normal Scout / Explorer Scout / Young Leader / Network meetings with your group / unit. Your section assessor would upload to eDofE or complete your book as normal. One of the Crawfordsburn DofE leaders would sign off the expedition section only, once the participant has completed the section online and the assessors report has been uploaded. NIEX only organises the Expedition Section training and expedition framework and can not help with the other sections.
Why are no refunds given? – simply put, we price the whole NIEX scheme to be revenue neutral, eg we spend what we get. Things like accommodation, transport   etc need to be booked and paid for months in advance.  So the deposit for example is spent almost immediately securing training venues, trainers, etc. A lot of these costs we cannot recoup even if someone drops out.
Thank you
Andrew Stacey
NIC (Explorers)

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls