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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Qualifying Expedition

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

Over the last 60 years millions of young people across the globe, have given it their all through their DofE Award. The DofE leaves a footprint on their lives, as their Award opens doors to new opportunities, cements life-long friendships, broadens interests and stretches horizons.

Last Thursday and Friday, forty-eight pupils from Year 10 travelled to the Bakewell area of the Peak District to complete their Bronze expeditions.

From the start point at Hassop Station on the Monsal Trail, the eight separate groups dispersed in a variety of directions, not all of them initially in the direction they were meant to go!  The first day proved to be pleasantly warm and sunny for the first half, but it clouded over in mid-afternoon and rained quite heavily on the groups as they arrived at their campsites and set up tents. Eventually all the groups were safely established in the campsites, cooking hot food, organizing their kit and dressing blisters. The evening was cool, but reasonable in the dry periods between rain showers.

The night proved to be quite rainy as well, so getting the groups moving in the morning was a challenge all in itself. However, all managed to get away on their second day of trekking by about 0830 to follow their chosen routes.  Along the way they were met by the supervising staff and the DofE assessors, all checking to make sure they were proceeding well and on the right track.  In the early afternoon, groups started to arrive back at Hassop Station to finish their venture.  The job was not complete until they were debriefed by their assessor and, where appropriate, had given their short presentation about some aspect of the venture.

Congratulations to all the pupils on a successful completion of the Bronze expedition. Thanks also to the nine staff supervisors and two external assessors for their help in making this a successful venture.

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