Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition training in full swing

Our large cohort of Duke of Edinburgh’s adventurers is taking great strides with expedition training.  Bronze Award students have stepped up their training for their autumn expeditions with a couple of weekends away, learning about navigation and camp craft during training days at Newburn Riverside.  Led by local provider North-East Guides, they practised using their stoves, orientating their maps and trying not to get lost!  The first two groups embarked upon their practice expedition when they camped overnight at Birkheads Wild.

Meanwhile, our four Year 12 Gold groups are well on track for their assessed expedition in the Cheviots in July.  Last month, they headed out into the countryside in upper Weardale for three tough days of intensive expedition training.  They were treated to magnificent walking conditions during the day; shorts were worn and some caught the sun.  The millions of stars in the clear night sky were also amazing to see and aided the night navigation exercise, but the cloudless skies also meant enduring three heavy frosts.  With students well outside their comfort zones, much was learned as they faced constant challenges, and we are confident these groups will go on to operate independently and with great success at the Cheviots.