The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Expedition Training Day 2019

On 26th January, sixty-five Year 10 DGGS Bronze DofE students were thrilled at the opportunity of coming into school on a Saturday. Armed with pots, pans, food rations and layers of warm clothing, our girls were ready for training day.

Our DofE staff, alongside Ben Bullen’s team, did a fantastic job in teaching and supporting the students with many new skills that they will be using for their practice and qualifying expeditions in May and June. The Expedition section of DofE requires participants to be self-sufficient. This means that alongside a two day 24km trek through the Garden of England (not the whole of it, of course!), whilst carrying a heavy load on their backs and an overnight camp to top it off, our students will need to be knowledgeable in some basic aspects of the great outdoors. This campcraft includes navigation, pitching a tent and cooking a meal on a trangia stove – all of which they had the opportunity to experience on Saturday.

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Needless to say, there were some impressive chefs among our students, whose patience was truly tested in the bitter cold outdoors.  Who would’ve thought that boiling a pot of cold water on a small kindling flame would take so long? Let’s just say that they will appreciate a kettle much more. That being said, the students learnt that there is nothing more satisfying than tucking into a hot meal after the physical demands of pitching a tent with a missing pole…

This experience gave our girls a realistic taster of what they can expect for their upcoming expedition weekends (except the missing pole!). One thing they will definitely develop more is patience.

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After tents and trangias, the girls were given sound advice on what to pack for an overnight camp, and the best types of clothing that would keep them warm on a cold night. I’m sure our parents and guardians will be happy to hear that they can find all this in their very own bedroom wardrobes! So there’s no need to break the bank!

Finally, we rounded off the day with some map reading skills, which will be put to the test on the expedition weekends. With a little more practice in school, the girls will be ready to navigate their way through our Great British cow fields to the comfort of their sleeping bags.

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Miss Al-Rawi     

Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator
 

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