On Saturday 20th September the participating Year 10 students left school in the minibuses for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.
The weather was overcast but not cold, so ideal for walking. Setting off from either Swannington or Cawston Church, the girls walked for 12.5km along narrow lanes and footpaths, some of which were very overgrown with nettles and brambles. This was their first unaccompanied walk and the groups navigated successfully, following the OS map and route cards with due care and attention.
They arrived at the campsite in plenty of time to put up their tents and cook their evening meal. It was their first time to camp on D of E and they all organised themselves efficiently, with a variety of menus for their evening meal. A full day of walking meant they were all very hungry, so some students chose to eat lots of different small courses; one reckoned she ate 7!
As darkness fell at 7.30pm they all prepared themselves for bed and before long the campsite was quiet as everyone was tucked up in their tents. An early night was had by all.
The girls emerged from their tents at 6.30am and started to prepare for the day. After a hearty breakfast of porridge, pancakes and cereal bars, washed down with plenty of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, they all set off from the campsite at 8am for another successful walk through the fields and lanes of Norfolk.
Well done girls on a successful practice expedition. We look forward to your qualifying venture on Saturday 11th/ Sunday 12th October 2014.