Cadets from the Sqn attended the English Lake District over two weeks at the end of August to conduct their Duke of Edinburghs Award scheme expeditions.
For the Silver Groups this involved a 3 day expedition covering over 30 miles, for the Gold candidates a 4 day expedition covering 50 miles. With the challenging mountainous terrain to be covered these expeds are a major physical and mental challange for each cadet.
The weather also plays a major part in the expeditions, and the weather the Silvers encountered was grim, with a tremendous overnight storm. The Golds fared much better with generally good weather, although the sun and heat brought its own challenges.
The Cadets all passed Phase 1 – the actually expedition, and are now working on Phase 2 the written report.
The Gold Expeditions are assessed by an Independant Assessor appointed by the DoE Pannle, and we were again lucky this year to have the services of David Lawson who we have worked with in the past.