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What is Virtual DofE Adventure?

Virtual DofE Adventure is a virtual fundraising event encouraging you to get outside and walk 30km or more in your local area. You can take part in the Virtual DofE Adventure as an individual, team and workplace. By taking part in the Virtual DofE Adventure, you will be supporting the DofE and helping us continue our crucial work during a time when young people need it most.

Is DofE Adventure taking place as a physical weekend event this year?

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, DofE Adventure cannot take place in its usual format in 2020 due to social distancing restrictions. We will really miss spending the weekend hiking with you all but the safety of our supporters and staff who make the event happen is our number one priority.

We hope that you can still benefit from exploring the outdoors and being active in your local area through our virtual event and we very much hope we will be able to see you in person at DofE Adventure in 2021.

How much does it cost to register?

There is no cost to taking part in Virtual DofE Adventure, however we ask that you raise a minimum of £100 for taking on this challenge.

When and where is the Virtual DofE Adventure?

We are asking people to take part in the Virtual DofE Adventure by walking 30km at a time that suits you and wherever you want. We ask that you follow social distancing rules and do not complete your 30km in any way that conflicts with Government guidelines for tackling the coronavirus outbreak and follow social distancing measures.

For guidance and updates on social distancing measures, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

What do I have to do?

  1. Sign up to take part: register as an individual, team or workplace. You can register to take part here.
  2. Spread the word and start fundraising: Tell others about your challenge by sharing with friends and family and on social media. During your challenge, ask people you know to sponsor you or host fundraisers to reach your £100 minimum fundraising target.
  3. Get out and about: Walk at least 30 km to support young people through their DofE. You can cover your 30km in a week or set your own time frame (whatever challenges you!). We suggest that you walk at least 30km but feel free to walk, run, cycle or swim the distance!

Log your miles by connecting your favourite fitness app to your profile or log your miles manually. If you choose to log your miles manually, you can use our downloadable miles tracker. Our goal for the Virtual DofE Adventure is to walk the distance of the UK coastline (17,000 km) together and raise money to support the DofE’s work and young people’s futures across all parts of the UK. By tracking your miles, you are helping us work towards this target.

Can I still do this while following social distancing guidance?

We have decided to host the DofE Adventure as a virtual walking event this year to ensure that it can be completed on your own or with your household anywhere in the UK – even in your own home! If you choose to take on the Adventure as a team or in your workplace, we ask that you do not plan any activities that contradict any official Government guidelines for tackling the coronavirus outbreak and follow social distancing measures.

Raising funds for the DofE is now more important than ever. There has never been a more important time to support young people in the UK. And by doing, running or donating to the DofE, together, we can transform the prospects of the COVID generation. With hundreds of thousands of young people doing their DofE across the UK, we have a critical role to play in this crisis and beyond; to be there for young people when they need us most.

For guidance and updates on social distancing measures, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Can I run, swim or cycle Virtual DofE Adventure?

DofE Adventure in its usual format is a walking event but you can cover your distance target in any way you would like for our virtual campaign. Be sure to log the distance that you've covered, regardless of the way in which you are getting active.

How do I log my kilometres?

You can log your kilometres by connecting your favourite fitness app to your profile or log your kilometres manually. For instructions for how to link your fundraising page to your fitness tracker, click here. If you choose to log your kilometres manually, you can use our downloadable kilometres tracker.

How to link your fundraising page to your fitness tracker?

  1. Download the Fitbit, Strava or MapMyFitness app and set up your account.
  2. Log in to your DofE Adventure account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’
  3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app and follow the instructions to connect your account.
  4. When you begin walking, select ‘start your workout’ in the app. Once you end your walk, save your workout and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

When can I start recording my kilometres?

You can start recording your kilometres whenever you like. We are asking people to take part in the virtual Adventure during August and September, but you can choose when you start working towards your personal target. The minimum number of kilometres you need to cover is 30km. Log your kilometres by connecting your favourite fitness app to your profile or log your kilometres manually. If you chose to log your kilometres manually, you can use our downloadable kilometres tracker.

Can I do this with family and friends?

We encourage as many people to get involved with Virtual DofE Adventure as possible and you can complete this with friends and family, as long as it doesn’t contradict any official Government guidance for tackling the coronavirus outbreak and follows social distancing measures. Please be up to date and follow guidance in your local area and devolved nations.

For guidance and updates on social distancing measures, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Raising money and collecting donations

How much should I raise?

Raising funds for the DofE is now more important than ever. There has never been a more important time to support young people in the UK. And by donating to the DofE, together, we can transform the prospects of the COVID generation. With hundreds of thousands of young people doing their DofE across the UK, we have a critical role to play in this crisis and beyond; to be there for young people when they need us most.

The minimum fundraising target for the Virtual DofE Adventure is £100, however we would love you to raise as much as you can to help support our work at this crucial time.

Can I Gift Aid my donation?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. This means that donations will always be used for the purpose for which they are intended and donors can add Gift Aid to their donation if they are a UK tax payer. Your donation may not be tax deductible if you live outside of the UK. Please check your local regulations for more information.

Do I need a JustGiving or Virgin Money page?

The Virtual DofE Adventure website is created by Funraisin which is a donation platform just like JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving. When you register to take part in Virtual DofE Adventure, you will set up a profile and fundraising page and people can donate to this in the same way they donate to a JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page.

The platform is entirely secure; you will receive an email notification when you receive a donation and your donor will also receive receipt of their donation made to you.

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