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Pitch perfect for DofE students

Date published: Wed 22 Mar 2017   Author:    Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

8 Silver award participants full of energy and enthusiasm were driven away first thing on Friday morning to the beautiful Marlborough area... 

The pupils were well prepared and ready for the challenge when they set off on the first leg of their journey. They sailed through the first day of the expedition and made good time getting to the first campsite. Amidst the strong winds and the St Patricks day celebration fireworks in the distance, they found shelter to pitch their tents next to a hedgerow. 

A good night's sleep and well prepared meals were testimony to their superb camp craft skills, and they took a little longer getting ready the next morning. Day two was a far greater challenge with much greater distances, many inclines to contend with and some muddy patches to test their footing. Tired, aching but still determined, both groups found their way into camp where they pitched and ate as well, if not better than they had the previous night.

Waking on Sunday morning it became evident that their tent pitching skills surpassed even a group of adult leaders who were training on the field next to them and their bag packing put the leaders to shame. The whole weekend was a great demonstration of the high ability of all the students.

Day three was hard. Sore feet and tired heads saw a couple of navigation errors but the teams finished very strongly, walking into the historical site of Avebury ready to get on the bus and get home for a warm shower, hearty meal (which, I am led to believe was a  'KFC').

A very impressive performance by both teams -  all students, it is safe to say, demonstrated skills which will see them safely through their assessment weekend at the end of June.

A big thank you to Miss Bishop & Mr Tyler who volunteered their weekend to support the expedition, it is always appreciated.



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