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During Half Term our D of E groups were out and about taking part in some expeditions. Rain, hail and wind were just some of the obstacles the students had to face. But working together proved they could complete their expeditions and arrive back home, safe and sound.
Read more below…
D of E Bronze
The last three days of October saw the D of E Bronze group head out to the Peak District to complete their practice expedition.
The large group of 70 pupils from Year 10, making up 11 expedition teams, and accompanied by staff and parents from Trent College, travelled to Barracks Farm camp-site near Hartington to set up camp and then complete some concentrated expedition skills training.
All the necessary skills were covered, including basic camp-craft, cooking, setting up tents, packing rucksacks, navigation and emergency actions. The groups completed three day treks with increasing degrees of independence, culminating in a final walk to the end point in Tissington.
Despite a few inevitable navigational errors along the way, the ventures proved a great success and the pupils returned to Trent tired, in some cases rather wet but generally happy with their achievement so far. The groups were fortunate that the temperatures remained mild and that the heavy rain fell during the night.
The Qualifying Expedition for these teams is due to be held on 21st and 22nd May 2015, in the Bakewell area of the Peak District. Route planning for those ventures will be starting very soon.
D of E Silver
32 Year 11 pupils successfully completed their Silver D of E Practice Expedition.
What happened on their adventure...
Day 1 provided an opportunity for a half day walk to practise map and compass skills: we were met with hail and some amazing rainbows.
Day 2 was a breezy affair with the tail end of a hurricane approaching, but the groups managed to climb two significant hills, partly with the aid of ‘Percy Pig’ sustenance from the Head.
Following a breezy night in camp at Edale, the groups were greeted in Day 3 by a strong wind and rain as the weakened hurricane hit. Routes were shortened and lowered in height, and although conditions were not great, the groups showed excellent team spirit in getting each other to the final camp-site.