Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:52

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Expedition 2013

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Last weekend, a group of twenty three intrepid participants successfully completed their adventurous journey for the expedition section of their bronze award. After several months of detailed planning for the final event, the groups arrived at La Presa De Los Niños feeling a little apprehensive, but at the same time excited about the challenge ahead. 

 

Despite the stifling temperatures, the walking routes were completed without any major problems. Along the way there were the usual strains and sprains, as well as debates as to whether their orienteering skills were leading them in the right direction. Thankfully, all this year’s participants were able to make full use of the skills they have been taught throughout the year to solve these and other issues.  In the evening, they were able to set up their camp quickly and efficiently and then get on with cooking their evening meal using the equipment at their disposal. Needless to say, their meal was no culinary extravaganza; however, it was more than enough to recharge their batteries for the second day’s walking. After washing up, all twenty three students had some time to reflect upon the day’s events before getting a good night’s rest for an early rise the following morning. With aching limbs and grimaced faces, they set off on their second hike on Saturday morning to return to the campsite at five o’clock that same afternoon. On arrival, it was wonderful to witness the expressions of accomplishment on these young faces as they bathed their bruised and blistered feet in the fresh water of the stream. Congratulations to all who have completed their expedition and many thanks to the staff who volunteered.

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