Both groups thankfully made it into camp with dry weather to set up camp.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
We strongly believe in inspiring your son to become an independent, resourceful and resilient young man, eager to take on a challenge, able to accept and manage risk, and aware of his own strengths and weaknesses. The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps us to do just that.
Although the administration of the Award scheme falls under the Outdoor Education umbrella, only one quarter of the scheme is actually about expeditions. The remainder comprises the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and, in the case of Gold, a week-long Residential. The imaginative array of activities undertaken to fulfil the criteria of these sections never ceases to amaze!
When your son is in the IV Form, he will be expected to undertake a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition, with participation at Silver and Gold level on a purely voluntary basis. The venues for the Gold and Silver expeditions tend to change on an annual basis and we try to target some of the most beautiful and wild places in the UK: Kintail, the Cairngorms, the Borders, the Lake District and the Peak District.
This programme is currently run with our Chalmers West year group (Year 9 / S2). Following training in the Pentland Hills, we take the whole house out on expedition into the Trossachs, near Perthshire. They walk for 2 days, camp for 1 night, and then start their Physical, Volunteering and Skills sections the following year.
We have a variety of locations to use in Scotland and this award level is on a voluntary basis. Boys walk for 3 days and camp for 2 nights. Currently we do a practice expedition in the Peeblesshire area and run the qualifying in Ben Alder in the Grampian mountains. The Skills, Physical, and Volunteering sections are for longer than at bronze level.
The highest level of the DofE award. The expedition is 4 days, with 3 nights camping and a requirement for wild country and rough terrain. The Skills, Physical, and Volunteering sections are for a minimum of 26 weeks. There is also a residential section which runs for a week away from family and friends.