Students ready for DofE practice expeditions after busy training weekend

Students ready for DofE practice expeditions after busy training weekend

2 March 2022

The last weekend of February was busy, with training days for students working towards their Bronze or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Gold training day – Izzy S, Lower Sixth

Together with nine other students, I enjoyed an incredibly helpful training day at school on Sunday 27 February, which gave us a really good idea of what our practice expedition will be like. The session was run by Kirsty from A to Z Expeditions, who helped us plan what we will need to take and gave us useful kit tips, such as putting our phone in a ziplock bag to keep it waterproof. We also looked at what food to bring and how to structure our meals each day.

In the afternoon we began to plan our practice expedition route, with Kirsty’s help. We jotted down our route on a map and completed route cards, which are basically a more detailed version of the marked-up map. Our practice expedition is on March 25 and I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say how excited we are for it and how much more prepared we now feel.

Bronze training day – Miss Kristina Berndt, DofE Bronze Coordinator

On Saturday 26 February Year 9 students completed their expedition training day at school where instructors led them through a range of workshops, including map reading, first aid, kit and packing.

Besides preparing for the expedition section of the award, students are busy working on their other sections - volunteering, skills and physical. Their chosen activities range from litter picking and learning how to cook, to hockey and dance, and developing coaching skills and beekeeping.

The Woldingham DofE team is looking forward to our upcoming practice and qualifying expeditions. Do follow the team on Twitter (@Wold_DofE) for up-to-date news.

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