Final Report on Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition 2015
21 girls successfully completed their Qualifying Venture at Gold and Silver level this July during the first week of the summer holidays. 8 months of hard work and training in numerous areas of the British Isles, from the Malvern Hills, Forest of Dean, Shropshire and Brecon Beacons culminated in one final journey around the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The Silvers did a 3 day journey through the passes and valleys around the Three Peaks of Yorkshire, whilst the Golds went on a 4 day journey up and around the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent. They experienced a mixture of weather, so the Dales looked by turn – benign and pastoral, misty and moody, and then WET!
The mixed conditions made for a challenging experience for them all, but all finished in good heart and good spirits. The expedition section is regarded as one of the hardest parts of the D of E Award. Although short in period, it looms large in each participant’s imagination. The physicality of it, the unpredictable weather, the large rucksacks, in which they have to carry everything that they need for the duration: food, bedding, shelter and clothes. The self-sufficiency of the journey, no adult intervention nor supervision. The route finding. The responsibility. It is a challenge - and rightly so!
So to complete this journey is a true achievement and fosters feelings of great satisfaction and pride. It is these challenges and the commitment of the other sections that makes the D of E Award so highly regarded around the world, by universities, businesses and the public at large. By completing their expedition this summer, these girls have made considerable progress towards their goal.
They deserve many congratulations on completing their expeditions. Each group faced challenges, but coped well with them, showing great determination to finish their journeys. Well done to them all on their success.
Many thanks go to the staff who helped out this trip. To Mrs Allsopp, Mr Perkins, Miss Pearson, Mrs Cole, Mrs Ewence and Mr Coney many thanks. Without their help and support, this expedition would not have possible.
Ms S Cole
Head of Outdoor Pursuits