For our Silver and Gold DofE expeditions twenty two of us canoed for a week along the picturesque River Severn, carrying everything we needed to live for four days.
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
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
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
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
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
After extensive planning on many meetings throughout the year we had gained the necessary skills to safely canoe as a group down the Themes. Although this was only a practice for the real DofE canoeing expedition, it still took all of our training and left us very ready for the real thing. The weekend was very … Continue reading DofE Practice/training weekend
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