Bronze Assesment Weekend - Duke of Edinburgh
Mrs Smart from the PE Department sent us the following report.
Last week 13 of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Groups embarked on their final assessed expedition. Having met their assessors and completed their pre-expedition checks they set off early from various locations to walk their routes into camp. This is an account of one group’s experiences.
‘As the Lost Llamas, we really lived up to our name, however it was very entertaining as throughout the entire walk our group had high morale and kept smiling.
We set off around nine in the morning and immediately encountered a steep hill, this meant us having our first break (with snacks) after only five minutes of walking!! We saw people along the way and saw some very cute puppies which assisted in keeping our spirits high. Everything went smoothly up until halfway to checkpoint two, the longest stretch of the entire day. We entered a forest. It turns out all forests look similar after a couple of hours so we decided to have lunch. Setting off again we eventually got back on track making it into camp around 7pm which wasn’t our finest moment but after dinner and setting our tents up we all felt much better and settled down.
The second day started off badly, as we were almost last out of camp, leaving just short of 8am as someone slept through their alarm, but apart from that we started off well! We made good time and after a few stumbles, we completed our route and got to camp around 3pm which was much better than our first day.
Overall it was a great experience and we would all recommend it to Year 8 students.’
All of the groups showed good teamwork and camp craft as well as successful navigation and succeeded in passing their assessment. They are now busy preparing their presentations and finalising their evidence for their skill, volunteering and physical sections to complete their awards.
Thank you to the Lost Llamas for your account. A huge thank you to Mrs Smart and her team who gave up another weekend to support the students.