Silver DofE Practice
20 girls from Years 10 and 11 braved difficult conditions in the Dales.
At the start of the Easter holidays the DofE season began with the Silver practice expedition in the Yorkshire Dales. 20 girls from Years 10 and 11, with School staff, headed north early on Saturday morning to meet the instructors from First 4 Adventure UK. The first day was spent training, which included navigation practice, emergency procedures, putting up a tent in bad weather, recapping on cooking on a trangia and how to pack and fit a rucksack.
Everyone enjoyed a first night in Dalesbridge bunk houses which offered warm rooms, pizzas, doughnuts and a chance for final expedition preparations! This quickly became a distant memory as for the next few days there were gale force winds, sleet, snow, hail storms and dipping temperatures. The girls never complained and showed remarkable determination and toughness, working together and supporting each other with kindness and humour. The instructors from First 4 Adventure were extremely impressed with the girls’ resilience, determination and willingness to learn and improve. The girls will have an opportunity for a further day of navigation practice but the instructors have every confidence that they will all do extremely well on the qualifier.
Thank you to Mrs Martin, Dr Hills and Mr Hoyle who braved the weather and accompanied the expedition, giving their time and support in dreadful conditions.
Good luck to all the girls for their qualifier in May, which hopefully will be warmer and drier!
Photos on the gallery.