7 July, 2021
The training section of the expedition was completed on school grounds, where all the students were given lessons on outdoor safety and survival. This was an excellent opportunity for the students to build on their teamworking abilities prior to heading out into the wild.
Before setting off on their walk students were taught invaluable survival and wildlife skills such as expedition management, preparation of kit, introduction to route planning and navigation techniques, as well as how to safely use cooking stoves and how to follow emergency procedures.
The Year 9 students and the accompanying staff then had the chance to put their new extensive outdoor knowledge to the test over a series of planned walks around the Clent Hills in Worcestershire. They were able to practice cooking meals with a Trangia cooking stove and pitching and striking double-wall tents.
Furthermore, the students demonstrated their quick learning capabilities by taking it in turns to lead treks to various locations on a map. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their new skills all while working as a team.
The students have been working extremely hard to get to this point of the award and have had a really fun time completing each stage.
Principal, Adrian Price, said: “I was absolutely thrilled that our Year 9s had the opportunity to complete the expedition part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Each task teaches our students invaluable life skills while also showing them how fun getting out into the fresh air can be.
“One of our core values at George Salter is courage and taking on these difficult tasks has taken real courage and sheer determination. I couldn’t be prouder of our Year 9s.”