DofE Silver Practice Expedition

19th Jul 2018

DofE Silver Practice Expedition

DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER PRACTICE EXPEDITION: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018

Recently a group of eleven Year 11 and sixth-form students from The Blyth Academy completed their practice expedition which is helping them work towards achieving their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. This expedition involved two days of walking with an overnight camp. The students were divided up into expedition teams and the groups had to follow a carefully pre-planned route in the Northumberland National Park. They started out at Ilderton on the Saturday morning with the teams then making their own way on the 10 ½ mile route to the campsite, Highburn House Country Holiday Park, just outside Wooler. Once the groups arrived at camp they were responsible for putting up their own tents and cooking their own evening meal. Groups were up early on the Sunday morning and followed the second day's route which comprised of a seven mile walk around the Wooler area.

All of the students managed extremely well in the hot conditions and successfully gained new skills in preparation for their Silver Qualifying expedition to be held in July in Middleton-in-Teesdale. The next stage for each student is to ensure they have completed the other three sections of their Silver DofE Award; Physical, Skill and Volunteering before the qualifying expedition. Successful completion of each of these three sections and successfully passing the Qualifying Expedition will ensure completion of the Silver DofE Award.

This expedition was made possible by the recent Awards for All Grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Please see the gallery of images below of photographs from the Silver Practice Expedition.