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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition

One Year 12 group and four Year 10 groups set out to complete their Bronze Expedition on the 5th and 6th July. This is a two day, one night expedition, each group has to be self-sufficient, carrying their own tent, clothes, sleeping bag food etc, but each rucksack is weighed to ensure it is within a safe limit of 15kg. As supervisors the staff spot check the groups along the route and offer encouragement and water. These two days were exceptionally hot and each group consumed around 20 litres of water each day. Each individual showed real determination and despite the heat all groups completed the hike. The navigation was challenging as more than one footpath had simply disappeared! One had been fenced off, one consumed by a new housing development and one

The following week six Year 12 students set out for their Silver Expedition; this had been highly anticipated and the culmination of months of preparation. This is a three day, two night expedition, it has to be in unfamiliar countryside which offers more of a challenge than the Bronze Expedition. The students chose the Chiltern Hills as their location, this gave plenty of challenge in navigating through woodland and trying to identify one footpath from another, some of which appeared on the map and others that didn’t. It also gave meaning to the contour lines and just how steep some of the hills were! Again this was an extremely hot expedition, even in the evenings. The group also had to compete a project and chose to study "The habits and habitats of Red Kites" on the last evening the kites actually swooped down over the campsite – an amazing sight. This group of young people have made history as Gosford Hill’s first silver group, they have made close friends and most importantly over the three days they have made memories which will last a life time.

Naomi Heydon, D of E Manager

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Posted: 2018-07-26 11:19:32
Last Edited: 2018-07-26 11:22:00