The balmy weekend of 12th – 14th September saw over 50 Year 10 pupils, from Dunottar School in Reigate, take to the trails for a three-day Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award training and practice hike.
Camp craft, map-reading, route planning, and survival skills were the focus of this three-day expedition that covered many of the stunning routes on the North Downs Way, from Reigate to Headley Heath and the surrounding area. Pupils will put these newly learned skills to the test during an unchaperoned assessment expedition later this year.
A Dunottar year 10 pupil said, “I now know how to read a map, light a fire and have a feast from freeze-dried food! I can’t wait to camp out with my friends later this year”.
Miss Pettet, Director of Music and Duke of Edinburgh Centre Manager at Dunottar School commented, “I’m delighted we were able to run this expedition within the current COVID guidelines with staff leaders from our expedition company, Bright Expeditions.
We are a school that is passionate about the benefits of taking pupils outside of the classroom to learn to work with and within nature and the confidence this builds. I’m looking forward to watching our Year 10 pupils put their newly learned skills to the test later in the year”.