Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition
7th October 2016
Following an onsite camp craft training day with H5 Adventures, Year 12 students were ready to take on their first Duke of Edinburgh challenge; the practice expedition. This included an overnight camp, cooking their own food and a lot of walking.
The students had to plan, train for and complete an expedition through their own physical effort and with minimal intervention from adults. Their expedition started at a small lake off Charter Road in Epping Forest where from this point they had to use their orienteering skills to navigate their way to Gilwell Park Scout Camp using a map and compass, all the while carrying their rucksacks with equipment for the overnight stay. The students spent one night camping in Gilwell Park where they had to put up their own tents, cook their own evening meal and breakfast. On Thursday morning they had to pack up camp and make their way to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge which marked the end of their practice expedition. They then travelled back to school by train from Chingford Station.
The Year 12 will have to complete their qualifying expedition in April 2017 making sure they use what they have learnt on their practice expedition.
Well done Year 12!