Duke’s Award Expedition Success

Duke’s Award Expedition Success

Students from Malton School recently completed their first practice expeditions in the North Yorkshire Moors. With such a large cohort of students these were split into two groups.

Each group started on their expeditions on a Thursday from the villages and towns surrounding the North Yorkshire Moors.  Starting locations ranged from Ingleby Greenhow to Great Ayton and on to Guisborough.

The students were practising for their Bronze Award expeditions later in the year and walked to their campsite in Commondale. Raven Gill is the Cleveland County Scout Camp Site but luckily they allow groups of Duke of Edinburgh students to use the site too.

Students had a successful first day and whilst most stayed on track their were some minor deviations. This didn’t phase the well-trained students who quickly relocated and navigated successfully to their final destinations.

They worked effectively in groups to prepare their meals and set up their pitches on the evening whilst also enjoying the views that the site had to offer (even if the sheep poo was a bit of a hazard!). The following morning they set off for Danby Visitors’ Centre completing a focus on their expedition aims en route.

The second group to go out were equally lucky with the weather and had a glorious two-day practice expedition on the North Yorkshire Moors. The students travelled from Ingleby Greenhough, Great Ayton and Guisborough to their campsite in Commondale.

The students battled blisters, first time expedition navigation and the heat to reach their base in good time.  They displayed excellent camp craft with some superb balanced menus that even had the staff’s mouths watering!

Their second day was a shorter walk, with more focus on their aims, to Danby Visitors’ Centre.  Students showed improvements in their navigation from day one and with their renewed focus they were rewarded with an early arrival offering the opportunity to reflect on their adventure and then indulge in tea and cake from the visitors centre.

Well done to all the students and staff involved.

For more photos of both expeditions please visit the Cross the UK website here

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