Reigate Grammar School DofE


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Bronze dofe training expedition 4-5 May 2014

 

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.