Reigate Grammar School DofE


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Canoe and Hiking expeditions May24-25

RGS Bronze and Silver students embarked on expeditions on an exceptionally cold and wet May 24. The canoe group of 8 completed training on the Basingstoke Canal and camped at Mytchett.   20 4th year students completed Bronze expeditions locally. All groups did well to cope with the bad weather on Friday.


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Bronze canoe training May 5-6 2013

This weekend pioneering Bronze students completed paddle training with Dynamic Adventures.  They were training for their Bronze canoe adventure which is later this month.  Canoe training was completed on Tilgate Lake, Crawley and the River Wey in Godalming.  Students enjoyed tremendous weather.  Well done! (Many thanks to Rob Crossing for sending in these brilliant pictures).


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Bronze DofE practice expedition May 5-6 2013

120 Bronze students and Award Leaders set off from RGS on Sunday for their training expeditions. Groups were impressively well organised this year and staff were pleased with their especially positive and cheerful approach to the hike. They trekked to various local campsites up to 15km away, and completed their hike on Day 2 with a 10km hike ending at Reigate Hill. Groups had some navigational hiccups but learned from their mistakes. Campcraft was generally good, though some needed to get slicker with their tent building. Bronze groups usually have a steep learning curve regarding “leaving-no-trace” at camp, especially cleaning away after cooking, but staff were impressed with the cooperative way students picked up the idea of keeping their site tidy and organised. The great weather helped but it was still noticeable how this Bronze hike went especially well. Staff were very happy with you all, well done groups!

I look forward to hearing about the Bronze, Silver and Gold canoe training which also happened this weekend: please send in a report and photos if u have any.