President’s Award Expedition

President’s Award Expedition

An Expedition is an organized journey that is undertaken for a particular purpose. An expedition is no walk in the park. It’s a serious journey, often with a very specific purpose undertaken by several people and lots of equipment.

At the heart of our expedition programme is a fresh, responsible approach. These school expeditions go way beyond just self-development, taking students on unique experiences where the journey itself becomes the adventure.

Why Go On Expedition

  • Expeditions are probably the best learning environment for young people. Being pushed physically and mentally means students are taken out of their comfort zone, and that’s where the magic happens.
  • Our goal is to ignite a life-long passion for adventure, a yearning for global learning and for students to be able to make educated decisions about risk-benefit and long term global sustainability. After all, we’re educating the next generation of travelers, teachers, nurses, engineers, politicians and potentially world leaders. It’s important we open their eyes to the world the good and the bad.

The President’s Award is a programme that was first introduced in the United Kingdom as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with the aim of encouraging young people to give useful service to others.

It is also aimed to encourage the development of personal interest and practical skills, participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance, broaden experience through involvement with others in residential setting and develop a spirit of adventure and discovery while undertaking a journey in a group.

The programme was later advanced to Kenya where it was named The President’s Award and the Head of State as its Patron. Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The President’s Award is available to all 14-24 year old and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognizes their achievements.

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge.

The Expedition section allows participants to take part in a real adventure is that trekking on the hills close to home.However, we understand that it can be difficult for the Award Leaders to organize and run expeditions for countless reasons; lack of training in the field and a lack of time being two of the main factors.

Here at the Altimor Adventures, we can simplify the whole process by running your groups’ Award Expedition and training for you in all or any of these parts:
  • Equipment: Should your team need equipment please speak to us to see what we can provide.
  • Pre-Expedition Training: Comprehensive training to cover all aspects of their expedition from what to pack to map reading and navigation.
  • Practice Expedition: As required by the Award, we will run a practice expedition which allows the group a taste of what the real thing will be like! It is also a chance for them to practice their expedition skills before the qualifying expedition.
  • Qualifying Expedition: The Qualifying Expedition must undertake a different route to the practice expedition and it must have an aim.
  • Assessment: The Qualifying Expedition must be assessed along with a presentation about the expedition and the groups’ outcome of their aim.We can as well provide an Award accredited Assessor.

a)Gold Expeditions: The Gold Award is the most prestigious of the three and the most challenging to achieve. Gold Level expeditions must be 4 days and 3 nights in length, with at least 8 hours of planned activity each day (4 of which must be spent journeying).According to the President’s Award-Kenya, the recommended environment should be:
•Land Based Wild country. The environment should be more demanding for the participant than at Silver level. Remote estuaries, marshes, fens and coastal areas may provide an appropriate environment for an expedition with the emphasis on exploring rather than doing the journey.
•Canoeing and Rowing Rivers or other inland waterways and lakes in rural areas, sheltered coastal waters or estuaries.
•Sailing Inland waters, estuaries or sheltered coastal waters. Yachts may use open sea areas.

Our Gold Expedition Programme includes:
•1 day of pre-expedition training and planning
•4 day/3 night practice expedition, including a day for acclimatization and skills training
•5 day/4 night qualifying expedition and assessment, including a day for acclimatization and skills training

b)Silver Expeditions: Silver is the interim Award level and should start to pose more challenges for the participant. Silver Level expeditions must be 3 days and 2 nights in length, with at least 7 hours of planned activity each day (3.5 of which must be spent journeying).

According to the President’s Award-Kenya, the recommended environment should be:
•Land Based Normal rural, open countryside or forest which is unfamiliar to the participant. The environment should be more demanding for the participant than at Bronze level. Where possible the expedition should be all in, or at least include, areas of open countryside or forest.
•Canoeing and Rowing Canals, rivers or other waterways and lakes in rural areas.
•Sailing Inland waters, estuaries or sheltered coastal waters.

Our Silver Expedition Programme includes:
•1 day of pre-expedition training
•3 day/2 night practice expedition, including a day for acclimatization and skills training
•3 day/2 night qualifying expedition and assessment, including a day for acclimatization and skills training.

c)Bronze Expeditions: The Bronze Level Award is the entry level and should be the easiest for participants to complete. Bronze Level expeditions need only last for 2 days and 1 night, with at least 6 hours of planned activity each day (3 of these must be spent journeying).

According to the President’s Award-Kenya, the recommended environment should be:
•Land Based Normal rural countryside which can be familiar to the participant.
•Canoeing and Rowing Canals, rivers or other inland waterways and lakes.
•Sailing Inland waters or sheltered estuaries well within the participants’ competencies.

Our Bronze Expedition Programme includes:
•1 day of pre-expedition training
•2 day/1 night practice expedition
•2 day/1 night qualifying expedition and assessment

Please contact us for more information, booking and prices.

NOTE: Please contact us for more information, booking and prices.

Altimor Adventures Ltd is ready to work with you all for the Delivery, Training And Assessing of the Expedition phase of Bronze, Silver and Gold. We have the Capacity and Experience to deliver practice and qualifying expeditions in any location in the Country-Kenya. We have a wealth of experience both assessing and training P.A-Kenya Award Programme participants over the last 10 years with Colleges, Universities and School Students.

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