Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

Posted on: 06/06/2022

Phasels Wood Scout Camp in the Chiltern Hills, 14th & 15th May and 21st & 22nd May 2022

We were so pleased to be able to reintroduce residential trips for the first time since the Pandemic hit the UK. DofE continues to grow from strength to strength with 143 students embarking on an outdoors adventure, many for the first time.

All 143 arrived on time and fully equipped with their brand new kit from school to complete a 2 day, 1 night camping expedition as part of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. It was the perfect day, bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky (well, on Saturday) at least, with rain on the Sunday to give group 1 the full D of E experience!

Students were put through their paces by the instructors of Gateway Outdoors, a Shropshire based adventure provider who we are working with to provide high quality training and support to the Bronze cohort. The students mastered erecting their tents, wild-camp cooking and then planned a navigation exercise. This included walking for 6 hours on the Saturday where they were assisted and then unassisted for 6 hours on the Sunday when conditions were a little damp, shall we say! 

They all made excellent progress and we believe gained a lot from the experience. It was so good to be able to take these kind of trips again and give the students this experience after such a long period of uncertainty. Their kit has all been collected in and stored in our newly renovated container.

Our patient Year 13s will be off to the Peak District for 3 days, two years after enrolling in the Bronze award and our Year 11 Bronze cohort will be completing their award by completing their expedition section on the 1st and 2nd July.  This will be the perfect start to their Summer after their final exams.

Mr Parker, Miss Unwin & Mr Noone

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