On Thursday & Friday, I was working for a local school providing certain training elements for a DofE Bronze Expedition.
On the first day we looked at tent pitching, kit and rucksack packing, emergency procedures and a ready steady cook challenge (scores allocated for yumminess, calorific content, weight, amount of fuel used and general cleanliness of the cooking area). After lunch it was then time to put on the fully loaded rucksacks and head off for a little stroll looking so that the teams knew what it felt like to be carrying an expedition pack.
Friday, saw us head off to Chrurch Stretton for a day walk to practice navigation and other practical skills that would be needed for a successful practice and qualifying expedition. My team opted to have a group picnic rather than individual sandwiches and a mighty fine feast it was too.
The group really got to grips with the navigation and shortly after lunch I was able to take more of a back seat role, occasionally reminding them to focus on navigation rather than chatting! A really nice day on the hill working with a highly motivated DofE Team.
The walk debrief was concluded outside the ice-cream shop in Church Stretton as it just seemed a fitting way to end the walk.