Four things to know before doing your DofE expedition

Last weekend 45 members of Wild Wolf Explorer Scout Unit travelled to the middle reaches of the River Thames to undergo training for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions this summer. We were lucky with the weather and had a great time on the water! We do all our DofE expeditions by canoe, and even though the … Continue reading Four things to know before doing your DofE expedition

A Sunny Weekend on the Thames

Last weekend, the Unit dedicated itself to canoeing. Scouts from all over gathered at Longridge Activity Centre to prepare for, or complete, Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, and to improve their skills on the water. One Gold DofE team completed a grueling practice expedition along the Thames, to ensure that they were all ready for … Continue reading A Sunny Weekend on the Thames

Getting Wet on DofE Training Camp

Last weekend was the training camp for people completing their DofE expeditions by canoe. Camp started on Friday evening as we lugged barrels full of our personal kit down to Scout Park, ready to load onto the van. We also had the all-important food barrels (containing ridiculous amounts of sugar), and the group kit barrels. … Continue reading Getting Wet on DofE Training Camp

Part 2: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Bronze practice DofE expedition. Before the expedition had even begun, the team had the (what proved to be very) challenging task of actually getting to the campsite by ourselves. It was a smooth journey to paddington station and we arrived with plenty of time to visit Starbucks and McDonald's. We found out the train would … Continue reading Part 2: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Part 1: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Shoppers in Sainsbury’s Muswell Hill on the Thursday night before our DofE training expedition must have been baffled by the multi-uniformed gaggle of teenagers speeding round the aisles with a trolley filled with a combination of Sainsbury’s Basics and junk food. The fact that they were being apparently led by the smallest member of the … Continue reading Part 1: DofE Bronze Canoeing Practice and Training Weekend

Silver DofE Canoeing Expedition, Aug 2012

Throughout the past year, we have been attending Duke of Edinburgh training meetings for canoeing expeditions. It was through this we developed the necessary skills to complete three days in the wilderness on the River Wye and paddle a total of 90 kilometres. We decided to canoe rather than walk the expedition to have a … Continue reading Silver DofE Canoeing Expedition, Aug 2012