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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students complete a practice expedition as part of the DofE Bronze Award scheme

Brooke Weston Academy students in Year 9 who are enroled on the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze Award Scheme, took part in a practice expedition in preparation for their qualifying assessment expedition later this term.

As part of the DofE Bronze programme, students must plan, train for, and complete a two-day, one-night expedition. The practice expedition covers the practical elements of map reading, route planning, cooking, first-aid and camping but also teaches students about time management, the countryside code and the physical demands of carrying a full rucksack while walking for several hours on successive days.

The supervised practice expedition began at Weekley Hall Woods near Kettering with students following an 8.5km route on foot through woods and fields back to BWA via Newton and Great Oakley - meeting some friendly alpacas along the way! All the students took a turn at leading and navigating the group of 17 students during the expedition.

On their return, students set up an overnight camp on the grounds of BWA and after a restless night, due to the sound of foxes barking, and after cooking breakfast and packing away, they navigated themselves around a 9km circular route whilst being remotely supervised.




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