In conditions which would have tested even seasoned professionals like Bear Grylls, Year 10 and 12 students have successfully completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Walking a total of 25km over two rain soaked days in the New Forest, the students put to the test many of the skills they have been practicing since they joined the scheme at the beginning of the academic year.
Carrying full kit to allow for complete self-sufficiency over the two days, our intrepid explorers impressed the assessors not only with their navigation and camp craft skills, but also with their ability to work as a team and encourage each other to keep going when aching limbs implored them to stop. In a terrain more accustomed to hosting silver level expeditions, the 6 groups of walkers had to traverse both open country and enclosed woodland, all the time trying to avoid the attention of the countless wild horses which roamed the area freely.
Exhausted but with a real sense of achievement at the end, many are already planning ahead to their silver award and the even greater challenges and rewards this will pose. Our congratulations to all the students and also to the staff who have supported the reintroduction of the DofE scheme to Greensward Academy.