D of E Bronze Expedition
The first Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition for a number of years took place on July 2nd and 3rd around Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Beauty).
Four groups traveled from Darley to Lofthouse with the other four groups travelling the opposite way. The forecast was miserable and all participants started on Saturday morning in heavy downpours of rain. Fortunately the campground at Pateley Bridge drained better than the previous expedition campsite and despite some further showers on Saturday night the field stayed in good condition and spirits remained high.
The improvement from the training weekend was significant and was demonstrated in all groups. All pupils made it through all checkpoints from start to finish unsupervised and without any assistance. It was clear that skills such as navigation, camp craft and team work have been developed over the last few months. Well done to all pupils.
There must be a special "most improved" award to group 8 who finished their Sunday route with no problems whatsoever. They had become horrendously lost on the training weekend in May (needing rescuing) and took 10 hours to walk their route on Saturday. Well done boys: resilience and patience eventually paid off! Olivia and Razvi took Poppy's "best campsite cuisine" award from her by making Pizza on their trangia stove from scratch. This was very impressive to see on Saturday evening. The staff were quite jealous...
Thank you also to all staff involved this weekend in particular Mr Martin and Mrs Partington who drove, unpacked and cleaned the minibuses.
Looking forward: To pass their Award all participants must now get signed off for each of their 4 sections using the eDofE website. Pupils should see Mr Morse if you they have forgotten their log in. The certificates and badges will be ordered at the start of September so please aim to get all assessor reports uploaded by the end of the Summer holidays. Any pupils wishing to move onto Silver next year must have all sections signed off online by the start of September.
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