Last week, I was working for a local school providing input to their Bronze DofE Expedition Training.
Day 1 – Getting the Basics Right
The first day was spent mainly on the school grounds looking at:
- Expedition kit,
- Rucksack packing;
- Emergency procedures;
- Ready Steady Cook completion – I was the yumminess judge and I’m pleased to say all the food was high quality and very tasty,
- Tent pitching
Then for the afternoon, we went for a local walk with full expedition kit and there as much discussion on what they would take out of their bags when the walk concluded.
Day 2 – Hill Day in Church Stretton
Our walk for the day was a circular walk from Church Stretton, taking in the summits of Caer Caradoc and Hope Bowdler and a mighty fine day it was too. The emphasis of the day was efficient navigation, which I elected to introduce via the 5D’s. Of which the second D – Description is the most fundamental skill of navigation and if this is right the remaining D’s are either redundant or are used as an extra check.
The team soon began to navigate with ease, which allowed a little time to chat about emergency procedures, expedition tips and to have an ice cream while we reviewed the training received over the past three day.