Duke of Edinburgh Expeditioners
On Monday 30 April, 18 Year 9 students set off on their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition for their bronze award. Despite the bitterly cold weather early on, they were all wrapped up and raring to go when they embarked on the minibus, bound for Yorkshire Dales.
The two-day backpacking adventure took them to the village of Dacre in Nidderdale, and their home for the night was a simple farmers field consisting of a composting toilet and a water tap. No charging mobile phones on this trip! Here, each member of the group took an active role in setting up their tents, as well as cooking and washing up.
One the first day the groups were split into three, where expedition leaders demonstrated how to navigate using a compass and map. From here they all got to practice their new found skills on a six-hour trek back to camp. On the second day, the groups became independent and had to navigate themselves, meeting their team leaders at checkpoints along the way.
All involved really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the qualifying expedition in just under a months’ time, when they visit Wike and the surrounding Harewood estate. The expedition leader, Ian Turnbull, commented on the positive attitudes and excellent behaviour of the group.
Most students have completed the majority of the other components of the award, which include Volunteering, Skills and Physical, and all are on track to finish by the end of the summer term.