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April 23rd 2019

Spring Term Training for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Spring Term has been full of preparation for girls taking The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. From early camp craft training through to their practice expeditions, the girls are getting set for their Qualifier Expeditions, which will take place in the Summer Term.

Back in early January, not long after the start of term, 27 girls from Years 9 and 12 attended their Bronze or Silver Expedition training: a weekend of learning vital skills.

On the Saturday, the girls learned to menu plan, pack a rucksack, and look at types of kit to take on an expedition. They also erected tents, learned how to map read, cooked their lunch on trangia stoves, route-planned, used compasses and took bearings.

On the Sunday, the girls departed Cobham Hall in five groups with an experienced adult, and walked approximately 10km cross-country using footpaths to test their stamina, ability to carry a packed rucksack, and hone their navigation skills. They all returned smiling, if a little fatigued!

This was followed a few days later with 15 girls completing Silver Expedition training, gaining further skills in navigation and compass work.  Despite the snow flurries, the girls ventured into the grounds after a classroom exercise to practice pacing and walking on a bearing. Small markers were placed across the site for the groups to find using grid references and a compass, which they all achieved successfully!

Later in the term, and in slightly nicer weather, 33 girls from Years 9, 10 and 12 went out in five groups with leaders on their final practice walk before their overnight practice expedition in May.

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