100+ students kickstart their Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training

14 Feb

Over one hundred Cheltenham Bournside School students kickstarted their training programme for the expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh award on Saturday 5th February. Many students have already begun their DofE journey; volunteering in the local community, developing their physical abilities and learning a new skill, but for the vast majority of students the final expedition is the most anticipated task. 

In newly formed teams, Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Award students showcased teamwork, determination and problem-solving skills throughout the training day, which was led by the H5 group. Students were challenged to erect tents, to light trangas in the wind and rain and to plan their meals for the expedition. Many were surprised at how many calories they’d be using over their long walks. The students also learned a range of skills in map reading – an essential skill required when they set off unaided on their expedition  and they planned their routes, learning how best to pack their rucksacks.

Bronze, Silver and Gold groups will all complete a practice run before attempting their assessed expedition in the summer. With all expeditions, the area and terrain are carefully selected to create a challenging yet pleasant experience, suitable for the skill level of the group. This year, Bronze students will participate in an overnight trip that will take them through the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. Silver students will embark on a two-night trip in the New Forest and the Forest of Dean, whilst Gold students will have more of a challenge, trekking over three nights in the Brecon Beacons.

Mr Musty, who leads the Duke of Edinburgh award, and Mrs McCormack, who supervises the Silver award said; “We feel privileged to support these young people as they begin what will be a challenging yet hugely rewarding journey. All students showed an exemplary attitude towards their training this weekend and we are excited to see them develop within their groups and grow as they go forwards in their journey.”

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