participants at Bronze level and the majority at Silver
and Gold levels undertake foot expedition work. The
main locations used are the North Antrim Hills and
the Mountains of Mourne. We feel ourselves very
fortunate to have a fairly large body of qualified
and recognised volunteer expedition instructors drawn from the
ranks of past participants, teachers, parents and friends
of the Academy. These people are totally dedicated
to our work and provide the pupil participants with
excellent training and assistance throughout the
Since the Academy's policy is to allow as many pupils as possible to gain the benefits of DofE involvement, most of our work has to be based in Northern Ireland on account of budgetary constraints. Since 2005, we have had highly successful Gold Award expeditions in Scotland.
One speciality that we have developed at the school for a limited number of Silver and Gold Award participants is Canadian Canoe Expedition work which take place on a number of rivers and Lough Erne. We have slowly bulit up our own stock of Canadian Canoe equipment and currently own two good quality trailers built to our own specifications and nine canoes with accessories.
On average each year between 230 and 250 of our participants will be involved in Expedition work over a period of up to nineteen weekends in the season.