Over the weekend, I was working with a few Bronze DofE participants from a local school that hadn’t been able to attend the school’s training programme. Over the weekend, we covered various topics from the training programme through a series of day walks.
Walk 1 (with expedition bags)
A local walk starting from the Sundorne Sports Village and ending up at Haughmond Hill which is a local landmark to Shrewsbury. Along the way we looked at:
- Expedition kit & rucksack packing;
- Fundamentals of navigation;
- Route planning;
- Safe stove use and expedition cooking; and
- Camp craft (putting up tents).
It was lovely walk that had quite a diverse environment that quite surprised me so much so that I intend to repeat this walk with the family.
Walk 2 (with day bags)
Our walk started and finished from the Bog Car Park near the Stiperstones and took in the nearby Stapeley Hill. The girls were quite pleased at not having to carry expedition packs and were soon navigating with ease so much so that I was able to take a back seat role and be guided around the route. To develop the skills from the day before, we completed a route card as we went and girls were quite chuffed to tell me that they had walked 12.5 kilometres with 180m of ascent!! We also had a few mock incidents to deal with along with discussions on the Highway & Countryside Codes.
I had a cracking weekend working with some fantastic young people and to see a few photographs from the walk please click here.