Over the weekend of 7 and 8 May, four of our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh teams successfully completed their expedition section of the award in the beautiful Purbeck countryside.
After an early start and packing the group equipment into their bags, the teams set off on the minibuses to the starting point of Durlston Country Park. Upon their arrival the students familiarised themselves with their new surroundings. They were briefed by the assessors who asked about each participants role in the preparation for the expedition.
The students were blessed with beautiful weather as they navigated their way along their 15-kilometre route on day 1. Students used their knowledge and navigational skills to work their way along their route, meeting their supervisor or assessor along the way.
Arriving at the campsite, the teams set up their tents and were eager to get cooking after a long day’s walking. Each group successful prepared and cooked their pre-planned meals and should be congratulated on their campcraft skills. The assessors remarked on the student’s politeness and their care for one another throughout the day.
On day 2 the groups woke to another bright start as they taped up their blisters and hot spots for a hilly but shorter 12-kilometre route. Despite being tired the groups remained in good spirits as they set out for another day’s walking. Having mastered their navigation, the teams had a little more time on day 2 for their project work and it was good to see them working together to fulfil this aspect of the expedition.
We are all so proud of the effort and commitment that the students put into the expedition, and they too should be very proud of their accomplishments. Ms Haynes would like to thank all the Leweston staff for their support and for giving up their time over the weekend to ensure our DofE groups completed their expedition safely.
Well done to all the Bronze teams who took part, we now look forward to returning to the Purbecks with the four remaining Bronze teams for their final expedition at the end of the month.