Canoe, cycle and hiking expeditions took place across Surrey during the last few days. The canoe group successfully completed their practice expedition on the Basingstoke Canal camping at Mytchett campsite. The cycle group did an great job completing their long distance adventure starting near the south coast, camping at Peas Pottage scout camp and finishing near East Grinstead. Hikers climbed Box Hill and stayed at High Ashurst. All groups coped well with the showery rainy weather. Well done!
Excellent sunny dry expedition weather both days, though cool and frosty overnight. Some 100 students undertook Bronze expeds hiking, canoe and cycling this weekend. L6 Gold award leaders helped out too and numerous staff camped out and supervised group progress. The Third Year did themselves proud and were a pleasure to organise and assist through their expeditions. They were unusually good at clearing up after themselves at camp and some groups made an effort to cook some interesting food. Some found their packs too heavy which is quite common at Bronze and hikers learn quickly to discard unnecessary or impractical items like mallets and multi-cans of fizzy drinks! Navigation was a bit hit and miss for some groups but they mostly found themselves again independently and managed to get “un-lost” by some careful map reading. The usual difficulties around Headley Heath caught some groups out on Monday but this is a good chance to learn map reading and navigation by actually doing for yourself. Well done to all the groups, staff were pleased with you and this bodes well for future expeditions. Meet Thursday for lunchtime debrief concert hall.