Monday 4 July saw 40 Year 10 students travel to the New Forest to undertake their Silver Qualifying expedition. This was the second such expedition within two months and with weather forecasts predicting just as hot weather, all students arrived at Foxlease Guide Camp well prepared and equipped for their three day journey.
After meeting with their DofE Assessors and drawing group equipment, the teams checked their routes on the map, recapped on emergency procedures and started the first day’s walk. Navigating with map and compass around the Forest can be difficult at the best of times but all teams arrived within close time of each other at the Ferny Crofts campsite to set up camp, relax and explore the campsite before cooking their evening meal.
Mr England, Miss Son, Mr Symes and the Assessors cooked and camped with the teams in the evening allowing the chance to interact and assist with campcraft.
After a good night’s rest, the teams left to walk the 18 km route to the second night’s camp at Foxlease. The weather forecast proved correct, and the temperature rose very quickly, but the teams were met by staff at regular pre-determined check points where they could rest and take on extra water. The teams started to arrive at the campsite from 16.30, in good spirit but relieved to have completed the day and relax before cooking the evening meal and enjoying a version of Pat Ball using flip-flops.
On the final day of the expedition the teams completed their walk finishing at Brockenhurst College where they gave team presentations about their expedition 'aim' and findings to their Assessors, received their final debrief and confirmation that all teams had passed their qualifying expedition.
Congratulations and well done to all students for completing their Expedition section of the Award.