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Successful DofE Silver Expedition

posted 27 Apr 2016, 01:16 by Caroline Payne
5 Year 12 students spent 3 days at Easter walking 50km through the New Forest on expedition.  The students were completely self sufficient, carrying their tents, stoves, food and clothing and were monitored from afar by school staff and assessed by 2 external assessors.  Day 1 saw the group arrive at camp by head torch in the dark where they then had to pitch tents and cook before having to rest. Day 2 had an earlier start which allowed the team to cook for themselves and their assessors at lunchtime before arriving in the daylight to a farm campsite where the evening was finished with a campfire. Day 3 the weather turned to a mix of hail and rain, but the group pushed on to a successful end.
The external assessors had this to say about the group:

"This was a close knit and balanced group who worked very well as a team with each person taking an active part in the expedition."
"coped well showing good determination and fitness."

Following their expedition the group prepared a presentation and video about their time in the new forest which was delivered to their Head of Year, younger DofE participants and their school DofE Leaders.  The presentation showed the fun and hard work of their expedition.
Well done to all.

(The Expedition is 1 of 4 sections which participants must complete to gain their award, the other sections are Volunteering, Physical and Skill)