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Duke Of Edinburgh's Award Expedition Season Is Upon Us Again

26 Apr

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition season is underway albeit taking account of the current Covid restrictions. A key part of the award, the expeditions provide an unforgettable experience that develops team and leadership skills and builds independence and confidence and it really was wonderful to see pupils taking part in them again.

It was especially poignant and appropriate to have pupils out on expedition on Saturday 17 April, when along with the nation, pupils observed a minute’s silence to remember His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

Both Silver and Bronze participants have been out over recent weekends and they were blessed with beautiful sunshine and near perfect walking conditions.

45 Silver pupils walked a route around Upper Boddington and Cropedy on the borders of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire while 140 Bronze pupils walked a circular route down to Long Itchington and back.

Will Bower, Head of Outdoor Education, said, “I was really pleased with how the expeditions went and that our pupils were able to pay their respects to the Duke Of Edinburgh while out on their expeditions. The positive impact of the Award Scheme on young people has rightly been recognised as one of his greatest achievements.” He continued, “The expeditions went well and pupils certainly all worked hard showing good navigation and camp-craft skills and there were plenty of happy, tired faces at the end.”

Pupils now need to start planning for their qualifying expeditions that take place later in the term when, if all goes to plan with the lifting of restrictions, they will also be able to take part in overnight camping once again.