CHMAS – Bronze & Gold Practice Expeditions

Stopping for a quick break

Stopping for a quick break

Last week, CHMAS was running a Bronze Practice Expedition and a Gold Practice Expedition for a local school. To find out more about these expeditions then please read on.

Bronze Practice Expedition On The Long Mynd
The expedition didn’t get off to the best of starts with one participant requiring a trip to A&E with an eye irritation (later diagnosed as conjunctivitis). Thankfully due to prompt intervention the participant went on to complete the expedition. We had 17 young people on expedition split into three teams and the first day of their expedition took the form of an accompanied walk to recap on the fundamental navigational skills and emergency procedures. A few tweaks here and there and all the teams were soon in to the campsite

The next day the groups walked unaccompanied to the finish point at Carding Mill Valley and there were big smiles all around as one by one the teams reached their destination. I’m pleased to say that all the teams successfully completed this stage of the expedition and I look forward to working with them again in the Lake District for their qualifying expedition.

Gold Practice Expedition On The Black Mountains
We had two teams out on their gold practice expedition and a mighty fine expedition it turned out to be too. Both teams did struggle at the start with the navigation and heat but by the end of the expedition they were a completely different team and certainly more confident in their abilities. Despite the very hot weather both teams did exceptionally well and I’m pleased to say they successfully completed this stage of the expedition and I look forward to meeting them again for their qualifying expedition in the Lake District.

If you would like CHMAS to facilitate your DofE expedition then please take a look at our DofE page to find out more by clicking here.

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