11 July 2019

The College's D of E Coordinator, Paul Moore, talks through the Gold Award students' experience in Snowdonia on their practice expedition:


Sixteen students have been working hard since the start of the College year getting ready for their Gold expeditions and this week they were able to test out their skills on a practice expedition including four camping nights and four walking days in Snowdonia, North Wales.


Carrying their personal kit, food and group kit including tents and stoves in large rucksacks, three groups worked their way along the four planned walks through the picturesque valleys, up and down hills (and mountains), around lakes, and over streams between the four campsites. The weather was very kind to them: other than a short spell of drizzle, it was glorious sunshine for the duration of the hike. Spirits were high throughout the expedition despite the challenges they faced in the long walks they had planned.


Everyone completed the expedition successfully showing great commitment, determination, resilience and teamwork along the way. All 16 students are now evaluating what worked well and what didn’t so they can get ready for their qualifying expedition.


All of the College’s DofE staff are proud of the achievements of the teams over the course of the expedition and look forward to the next one coming up at the end of August.


If you are interested in working towards your Gold DofE Award you can sign up at the Clubs and Societies Fair in September.