A Wet, Wet, Wet Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

24th May 2019

Following a successful practice expedition in September 2018, Year 12 students were ready to take on their Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying expedition. The students felt completely prepared for the expedition which included an overnight camp, cooking their own food and a lot of walking.

The students had to plan, train for and complete the expedition through their own physical effort and with minimal intervention from adults. The qualifier expedition started at various points in Epping Forest for the three teams. Each team had to use their orienteering skills to navigate their way to Gilwell Park Scout Camp using a map and compass, at all times they had to carry their rucksacks with their equipment for the overnight stay. All three teams did very well navigating their way to camp and finishing the first days walk in a record time, beating the times set by previous Stormont House Sixth Form students.

The Year 12’s spent one night camping in Gilwell Park where they had to put up their own tents, cook their own evening meal and breakfast on the following day. The students braved a cold night but came out on the other side stronger and showing a great deal of resilience. On Thursday morning they packed up the camp and made their way to the finish point on Bury road, Chingford, which marked the end of their Qualifying expedition. Once all the teams finished the assessors from H5 informed all of the Year 12’s that they had passed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition. Well done Year 12!