A total of 29 Year 12 students have shown an interest in taking part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year and to give them a little taster of what to expect we took them to the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales for two days.
After a quick kit check and planning session at school on Wednesday morning, we headed to the Black mountains of Brecon. The four teams, accompanied by our Outdoor Education staff, walked for 5km under clear skies with warm weather and a gentle breeze making perfect walking conditions to a great camping spot deep in the National Park. Once tents were up and students had eaten, it was soon dark which meant time to test their navigation skills even more with a session on night navigation which they all enjoyed before a fairly cold nights camping.
On day two, the students efficiently packed down the camp and were keen to get walking – we gave each group challenging navigation points and they found themself walking off tracks and locating various land features before arriving at the memorial of a Wellington Bomber crash site. Teams were then tasked to navigate to locations remotely on the way back to the minibuses.
All of the students showed great enthusiasm to learn new skills, appreciation for the wild countryside and took on the challenges of the Black Mountains – new skills were learnt, ready to take on the next Gold expedition.