After a long first half term, forty-five enthusiastic Oundle pupils chose to participate in a three day expedition to the Peak District to practise for their Silver DofE Award Qualifying expedition which they will undertake in March.
Expedition organiser, Morwenna Chapman commented,
“Pupils worked hard during the short preparation time they had to plan their routes, their menus and prepare their equipment which is some ask, considering that many of them have not participated in an expedition since Third Form (Year 9).”
The pupils were split into seven expedition groups and dropped off at different starting points from where they walked into the Edale valley for their first night under canvas. The second day of the expedition was the longest in terms of walking distance for pupils, who were organised, navigated well and were full of enthusiasm when they returned to camp.
“We were pleased to see groups working with each other around the campsite, especially those who helped the group who ended up pitching their tents and cooking their dinner in the dark!”
By day three, each group had found its rhythm and had identified individuals’ strengths and weaknesses to enable the allocation of jobs in the most efficient fashion in order to leave camp on time. The expedition finished next to the beautiful Ladybower reservoir, with all participants having gained sufficient experience in order to reflect upon and improve their planning and organisation for their Easter expedition.