After six months of training 31 Year 10 students from Court Fields school took part in a two-day expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Preparation for this began in November and included meetings on map reading and navigation techniques, first aid and camp craft. Everyone also successfully completed a practice expedition on the Quantocks. The students were in five teams and planned their own routes on Exmoor. They had to be entirely self-sufficient for the weekend, carrying all their camping equipment, food and changes of clothes. Luckily the weather was a lot better than on the practice and wet weather gear was only needed briefly.
Every team successfully completed the challenge over the two days and enjoyed some of the beautiful Exmoor countryside, from the wild moorland of the ‘chains’ to the stunning Doone Valley , Watersmeet and South West Coastal Path above Lynmouth. Every one of the 31 students passed their assessment and, once they have completed the rest of the elements of the Bronze Award, may go on to doing the Silver Award.