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Silver Qualifying Expedition June 2018

 

June 2018

All 8 members of the Silver Group successfully completed their Qualifying Expedition over the three days from Monday 11th June to Wednesday 13th June. They started their walk on the eastern outskirts of Haddington and followed the River Tyne to East Linton and then up to Binning Woods then due east to Ravensheugh Beach near Tynninghame where they camped for the first night. On day two the group set off across country, through North Berwick and then along the coast to Yellowcraigs Beach where they camped for a second night. The final day was a fairly short walk through Gullane finishing at Aberlady.

Everyone successfully completed this walk and the assessor was very impressed with the quality of the group cooperation and team spirirt.

April 2018

The Practice Expedition took place on the weekend of Saturday 14th April. Two or three very helpful parents transported everyone to Harlaw Reservoir on the Saturday morning around 10.00 am. The group made its way over to North Esk Reservoir where they camped for the first night. In the morning they set off back to Harlaw using a circular route and camped the second night not far from the Ranger’s House. The third day was a short day finishing in Bonaly. This was a very successful expedition with superb sunny weather after a dismal Easter break. Everyone did extremely well and everyone in the group became good friends having worked well together and relied upon each other over the three days.

 

 

September 2017

This session there will be a Silver Group running. It will be made up of six 4th year students and two 5th year students. Four of the members completed their Bronze Award last session and the other four members are Direct Entrants. There are two calendars this year. The first is from January 2018 to March 2018 and can be seen below.

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

Silver 2017/2018

 

Date   Activity
01/11/17 1 A look at section choices
15/11/17 2 edofe
29/11/17 3 edofe
13/12/17 4 edofe
  Christmas Holiday
17/01/18 5 Kit
24/01/18 6 Kit
31/01/18 7 Order kit
  February Holiday
6 Sessions   Expedition Training
21/02/18   TBC
28/02/18   TBC
07/03/18   TBC
14/03/18   TBC
21/03/18   TBC
28/03/18   TBC

The summer calendar is from April 2018 to June 2018.

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events 2

Silver 2017/2018

 

Date   Activity
13/04/18 1 Kit pack 3.00pm
14/04 – 16/04 2 Practice Expedition   (10.00am start)
25/04/19 (3.30) 3 De-brief
   
04/06/18 4 A look at route and purpose (Periods 2 & 3)
07/06/18 5 Pick up kit to pack at home   3.30pm
11/06 – 13/06 6 Qualifying Expedition (9.00am start)
 
TBC – Aug   Presentations   (Mrs Ramsay to be invited)
 
 
 
 

June 2017

The Qualifying Expedition was successfully completed by all 14 3rd year students on the weekend of 3rd/4th June. It took place in the Lomond Hills in Fife. The walk began just outside Strathmiglo and finished at Holl Reservoir on the Sunday.

April 2017

The Bronze Practice Expedition took place in the Pentland Hills on the weekend of 29th/30th April. Day 1 started at Flotterstone car park and finished at Bonaly Scout Camp. It was a total of 18 kilometeres. Day 2 was shorter, 12 kilometres and concluded at Dreghorn car park. All fourteen participants completed the walk. The Supervisers were particularly impressed with their navigational and team working skills. The Qualifying Expedition is planned for the weekend of 3rd/4th June and will be taking place in the Lomond Hills in Fife.

                  

December 2016

Seventeen S3 students enrolled on their Bronze Award back in September. Since then, they have been meeting every two weeks to discuss ideas for the various sections. They have also taken part in a bag pack at Sainsbury’s where they successfully raised a little over £900.

Meetings will be every week from January. Participants will be learning about navigation, camp craft, country code, first aid etc. to prepare them for their expeditions in the summer term.

The calendars for the year can be viewed below.

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

Bronze 2016/2017

 

Date   Activity
25th Oct ‘16 A Introductions a look at sections
8th Nov ‘16 B A look at eDofE
22nd Nov ‘16 C Mandatory sections of eDofE
13th Dec ‘16 D Objectives for eDofE
20th Dec ‘16 E Evidence sections of eDofE
   
10th Jan ‘17 1 Introduction to Expedition Section
17th Jan ‘17 2 O.S. Map Work: Direction, Scale and Map Setting
24th Jan ‘17 3 O.S. Map Work: 4 & 6 Figure Grid References
31st Jan ‘17 4 Equipment Awareness
7th Feb ‘17 5 O.S. Map Work: Height, Contour and Spot heights
21st Feb ‘17 6 Expedition First Aid Session 1
  February Holiday
28th Feb ‘17 7 Expedition First Aid Session 2
   7th Mar ‘17 8 Camp craft       Fill in kit order
14th Mar ‘17 9 O.S. Map Work: Route Planning
21st Mar ‘17 10 Quiz
28th Mar ‘17 11 Parent’s afternoon/evening

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

Summer Term

Bronze 2017

 

Date   Activity
18th April ‘17 1 Route card for day 1. Reminder of what kit to bring on expedition.
25th April ‘17 2 Route card for day 2. Further kit reminder
*28th April ‘17 3 Kit pack in the social area at 3pm
*29th/30th April ’17 3 Bronze Practice Expedition leaving at 9am TBC
2nd May ‘17 4 Sort kit 3.30 Plant Room
9th May ‘17 5 Debrief of expedition
30th May ‘17 6 Route cards for Qualifier
*2nd June’17 7 Kit pack in social area at 3pm
*3rd/4th June’17 8 Bronze Qualifying Expedition leaving at 9am TBC
*5th June ‘17 9 Sort kit 3.30 Plant Room
6th June ’17 10 Final debrief

 

May 2016

A Day Walk was undertaken on 26th May to address a few issues from the Practice Expedition. It took place in Binning Woods in East Lothian. Students practised micro navigation and how to take bearings from the ground and from maps. This should prepare them for the Qualifying Expedition in June.

Micro navigation in Binning Wood

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Micro navigation in Binning Woods Eat Lothian

Micro navigation in Binning Woods East Lothian

 

April 2016

The Silver Practice Expedition took place on the weekend of  16th April in the Lammermuir Hills. This was a challenging walk in poor weather with several wind farms to negotiate. Our students travelled to their starting point, Lauder, by public transport and successfully completed their expedition on Monday 18th April.

 

Silver Practice Expedition 2016

Silver Practice Expedition 2016

 

January 2016

Seven members of the Bronze Group have decided to enrol on the Silver Award. They are Kirsty Tedford, Nicole Allan, Lauren Mitchell, Nadia Lamb, Charlotte Tait, Melissa Harrison and Kaitlin Munro. All the girls have successfully completed their Bronze Award. Training for the expeditions planned for April and June has begun and will continue at fortnightly intervals.

 

 

September 2015

Our Silver Group has now completed the Qualifying Expedition. It took place from Friday 25th September to  Sunday 27th September. The walk started at Burncastle, near Lauder in the Scottish Borders and continued through the Lammermuir Hills on the Herring Road, finishing at the small town of Gifford in East Lothian. The weather was superb for the time of year and all the participants had an enjoyable and exciting expedition.

We hope they will complete the other sections of this Award as soon as possible and enrol on the Gold Award when they feel ready.

 

Justin Szabo Joel Sieber Fraser Sutherland Chloe Nelson Gregor Whitlie Jason Cheung

Justin Szabo Joel Sieber Fraser Sutherland Chloe Nelson Gregor Whitlie Jason Cheung

 

 

 

September 2015

The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group successfully completed their Silver Practise Expedition on the weekend of Friday 4th September. The group set off with Leaders from Bridge 8 outdoor activity centre on the Friday morning and started their walk from the outskirts of Peebles in the Borders. They walked along part of the Southern Upland Way and completed their walk at Bowhill House near Selkirk on Sunday 6th September. The instructors from Bridge 8 were very impressed with our Group’s fitness and navigational skills and were convinced they would be successful with their Qualifying Expedition.

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June 2015

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group successfully completed their Qualifying Expedition on the weekend of 30th/31st May. They started at Bonaly car park, walked up the hill to the reservoir and then followed the path on down to Glencorse Reservoir. From there, the followed the path, past Loganlea reservoir to the Howe and on to Bavelaw. They then turned East and followed the side of Threipmuir reservoir to Harlaw reservoir where they found a suitable spot to camp for the night.
On the second day they headed east to Middle Kinleith Farm and then past Clubbiedean and Torphin Reservoirs. They then crossed the bypass (using the bridge) and headed down through Bonaly to the Water of Leith walkway which led to the Union Canal. They then followed the canal back to Bridge 8 Hub where their expedition concluded.
Everyone worked well in their teams and altogether it was a successful weekend.

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April 2015

Our Bronze Group, consisting of 18 youngsters, completed their Practice Expedition on the weekend of Saturday 25th April. It took place in The Pentland Hills and they camped beside Bonaly Reservoir. In all they walked a total of 24 kilometres over the two days. They were accompanied by three mountain leaders from the outdoor centre Bridge 8 Hub, who helped them with campcraft skills, navigation and first aid. They are now ready for their Qualifying Expedition which will take place at the end of May.

 

Bronze Practice Expedition 2015

Bronze Practice Expedition 2015

 Camp Craft Skills

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October 2014

This session we have a new Bronze Group. It consists of 18 students from S3. So far they have met twice as a group and all participants are in the process of deciding which activities to use for their three sections. The training for expedition will begin in earnest in January. Their calendar of events is posted below. Both expeditions will be in the Summer Term when the weather is warmer.

Our Bronze Group from last year had a successful year and 6 out of 7 participants have decided to continue on to Silver. They are in the process of enrolling and choosing activities for their sections. Their calendar of events is also posted below and both of their expeditions will be in the Summer Term close to the end of the year when their exams have been completed.

Our Silver Group from last year also had a successful year and 11 out of 13 participants are keen to go on to try Gold. The Gold Award is a substantial undertaking and will be hugely rewarding for those taking part. It is likely to take from now until the end of their sixth year at school to complete, as the Volunteering Section alone is 12 months long.

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

  Bronze 2014/2015

 

Date

  Activity

22nd Oct ‘14

A Introductions a look at sections

5th Nov ‘14

B A look at eDofE

19th Nov ‘14

C Mandatory sections of eDofE

3rd Dec ‘14

D Objectives for eDofE

17th Dec ‘14

E Evidence sections of eDofE
   

7th Jan ‘15

1 Introduction to Expedition Section

14th Jan ‘15

2 O.S. Map Work: Direction, Scale and Map Setting

21st Jan ‘15

3 O.S. Map Work: 4 & 6 Figure Grid References

28th Jan ‘15

4 Equipment Awareness

4th Feb ‘15

5 O.S. Map Work: Height, Contour and Spot heights

11th Feb ‘15

6 Expedition First Aid Session 1
  February Holiday

25th Feb ‘15

7 Expedition First Aid Session 2
   *3rd Mar ‘15 8 Camp craft       Fill in kit order

11th Mar ‘15

9 O.S. Map Work: Route Planning

18th Mar ‘15

10 Quiz

25th Mar ‘15

11 Parent’s afternoon/evening

 

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

  Silver 2014/2015

 

Date

  Activity

7th Jan ‘15

1 Preparatory Map Skills & chose presentation topics

21st Jan ‘15

2 Preparatory Map Skills

4th Feb ‘15

3 Compass Skills   Fill out kit order
  February Holiday
   *3rd Mar ‘15 4 First Aid & Emergency Procedures

11th Mar ‘15

5 Route Planning revision with Bronze Group

1st April ‘15

6 Presentations

 

Ben Anderson, Alison Henry, Callum Brodie, Rachel Walls, Nathan Waldie, Eilidh Tedford, Mark Warnock, Abi Love, Robbie Stewart, Rebecca Paton, Jamie Renwick , Amy Scott and Alex Tully

Ben Anderson, Alison Henry, Callum Brodie, Rachel Walls, Nathan Waldie, Eilidh Tedford, Mark Warnock, Abi Love, Robbie Stewart, Rebecca Paton, Jamie Renwick , Amy Scott and Alex Tully

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2014

 

Thirteen youngsters from last year’s Bronze Group decided to continue with the Award and started on the Silver level in September 2013. Since then, they have been working steadily to complete their sections. Their Practice Expedition was completed in the Peebles area of The Scottish Borders on 23rd-25th July. They were supervised and instructed by an outdoor activities provider called Bridge 8 Hub.

They have now successfully completed their Qualifying Expedition, which was held in the Lammermuir Hills from 29th-31st August. They followed part of The Herring Road from Burncastle near Lauder across the Lammermuir Hills to near Stenton in East Lothian and then headed west to finish in the village of Gifford. They experienced all types of weather from cold and heavy rain to warm and sunny skies. They found it hard going, but persevered with few complaints and were commended for their excellent teamwork and navigational skills.

 

June 2014

Over the weekend of the 31st May/1st June, the Bronze Group took part in their Qualifying Expedition. They set off at 10.00am on Saturday morning, and navigating by themselves, arrived at North Esk Reservoir before 3.00pm. They selected a suitable area to set up camp and then took part in a Scavenger Hunt, before cooking their evening meal and going off to bed.

The next morning, again without assistance, they were up at 6.30am and had struck camp and set off for the second day’s walk by 8.30am. Following the map and with the help of a compass, they navigated their way to the finishing  point, again in record time.

The group were commended for their excellent team work.

 

Joel Murphy, Rachel Gray, Chloe Nelson, Justin Szabo, Gregor Whitlie, Jason Cheung, Fraser Sutherland.

Joel Murphy, Rachel Gray, Chloe Nelson, Justin Szabo, Gregor Whitlie, Jason Cheung, Fraser Sutherland.

Compass Work

Compass Work

Pitching Tents

Pitching Tents

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May 2014

The Bronze Practice Expedition was successfully completed on the weekend of the 3rd/4th May. In all, our participants walked a total of 20 kilometres over the two days in the Pentland Hills and camped out over Saturday night.

Our expedition Leader complimented the team on their superb teamwork, enthusiasm and positive attitude. He was also impressed with their good walking pace and aptitude for map reading and navigational skills.

Highlights of the expedition were:

  • Frisbee at the campsite
  • A close miss with the pasta sauce
  • Jason’s encounter with some mud!
  • Mrs Ramsay teleporting.

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October 2013

This session, seven 3rd year students have enrolled on the Bronze Award. They are in the process of choosing their activities for the 3 sections and setting up their electronic profiles.
Thirteen students have successfully completed their Bronze Award, and have now enrolled on the Silver Award. We have one very brave direct entrant for Silver.
Expedition training will begin in January, with the expeditions themselves taking place in the Spring and Summer months when the weather has improved.
This will be an exciting and challenging year, with 2 groups running simultaneously.

Below  is the bronze and silver calendar for the year ahead.

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

 Bronze 2013/2014

Date

  Activity

8th Jan ‘14

1 Introduction to Expedition Section

15th Jan ’14

2 O.S. Map Work: Direction, Scale and Map Setting

22nd Jan ‘14

3 O.S. Map Work: 4 & 6 Figure Grid References

29th Jan ‘14

4 Equipment Awareness

*4th Feb ‘14

(Tuesday)

5 O.S. Map Work: Height, Contour and Spot heights

12th Feb ‘14

6 Camp Craft
  February Holiday

26th Feb ‘14

7 Expedition First Aid Session 1

5th March ‘14

8 Expedition First Aid Session 2

12th March ‘14

9 Food & cooking + Kit order

19th March ‘14

10 Quiz

26th March ‘14

11 Parent’s information evening. Assembly Hall

*30th March ‘14

(Sunday)

12 Day Walk      tbc

2nd April ‘14

13 De-brief of Day Walk
  Easter Holiday
  Dates for meetings in the Summer Term cannot be decided until we know the Expedition dates.

Forrester Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Calendar of Events

 Silver 2013/2014

Date

  Activity

15th Jan ‘14

1
  • Run over calendar and fill in kit request
  • Preparatory map skills
  • Issue group tasks for session 6

29th Jan ‘14

2 Preparatory map skills

12th Feb ‘14

3 Compass skills

5th Mar ‘14

4 First aid and emergency procedures

19th Mar ‘14

5 Route planning for Practice Walk

26th March ‘14

6 Group presentations

2nd Apr ‘14

tbc Parent’s information evening

23rd Apr ‘14

tbc Expedition briefing

*24th Apr ‘14

tbc Kit pack & weather check

*25th – 27th Apr ‘14

tbc Practice Expedition

30th Apr ‘14

tbc Practice expedition de-brief

18th June ‘14

tbc Qualifying expedition route cards

*19th June ‘14

tbc Kit pack & weather check

*20th June – 22nd June ‘14

tbc Qualifying Expedition

 

 

June 2013

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group successfully completed their Qualifying Expedition last weekend.

The route on the first day covered a distance of 12.5 kilometres and went from Threipmuir Resevoir to Listonshiels Farm, on past the Bore Stane, North Esk Resevoir, and Spittal Farm to camp at Amazondean Farm not far from Carlops.

The route on the second day went from Nine Mile Burn, up to the foot of West Kip, over Red Moss, past Threipmuir Resevoir to finish at Harlaw Resevoir. This was also a challenging walk covering a distance of 12 kilometres.

All groups completed the Expedition in good times.

The Leaders and the Assessor accompanying our Group were impressed with their excellent navigational skills, solid team-work and strong determination.

Well done to everyone involved!

May 2013

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group completed their Practice Expedition at the weekend. The first day started with a steep climb up Allermuir Hill and although this was hard going, everyone reached the top without complaints. It was then downhill most of the rest of the way to Bonaly where they successfully pitched their tents and cooked a meal over a small stove.

The next day also started with a steep climb back up to Bonaly  Resevoir. There then followed a circuitous route passing Glencourse Resevoir, the Howe, Bavelaw Castle, Thriepmuir Resevoir and finally finishing at Harlaw Resevoir.
Morale was good most of the way. In spite of the adverse weather conditions, there was a great deal of camaraderie and team spirit all round! Everyone completed the walk and arrived back at School tired and very muddy.
The Qualifying Expedition will be on 31st May/1st June.

April 2013

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group have completed their training for expedition with two Day Walks, one on the 14th April and the other on the 28th April.

Both walks were challenging because of the weather and the route. We experienced every type of weather from rain, to hail, to strong winds and to sunshine. Everyone took it in turn to lead a leg of the walk using the map to navigate

Every participant has gained in confidence through this exercise and they are now ready to take on the challenge of an overnight expedition with camping skills.

The Practice Expedition is taking place on 10th/11th May and the Qualifier will be on 31st May/1st June.

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October 2012

This session, we have twenty-six 3rd year students enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. Until Christmas, meetings will be held every second Tuesday from 3.30 pm. Most participants are in the process of choosing activities for their 3 sections and quite a few have already made a start on these. After Christmas, training for the expeditions will begin in earnest and participants will be expected to attend meetings every Tuesday.

We are hoping to organise a bag pack at Tesco in Hermiston Gate to raise funds to help pay for hire of equipment and minibuses for the expeditions.

We also have a group of 6 Silver participants who successfully completed two expeditions in the summer term last session and are in the process of completing their other sections.

Please contact Mrs Ramsay if you have any questions or wish any further information about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

 

 

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