Category Archives: DofE

DofE 6.0

Good weather with mild nights and slightly less hot days. 20°C Another long drive south to the Surrey Hills. The campsite is in clearings in woodland with dry ground. There are many groups here, probably more scouts than anything other. … Continue reading

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DofE 5.0

21°C, white cloud with very high pollen. Some schools vary the rules on their expeditions. This one uses the same route for all groups on qualifying, they are in the same area as their practice and a few other oddities. … Continue reading

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DofE 4: recovery.

24°C hot sun while the Midlands are flooding after their storms. Group 5 had the brilliant idea of spraying their tent with midge repellant. The oil in the spray has damaged the waterproofing on the flysheet. The ‘beading’ still works … Continue reading

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DofE 4.3: change of weather and an emergency.

Rain from before dawn. 13°C, easing through the day. A slightly slower start becaue of the rain. It fell upon me to breif and set all the groups off. All 72 kids. It was an hour and a half before … Continue reading

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DofE 4.0: Cannock Chase.

17° C, sunny and dry. Very early start, wake at 4am and pack to drive the 100 miles to the school. The other staff for the trip were out and about gathrring kit and minibuses. So I hung my head … Continue reading

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DofE 3.1 Surrey Hills.

20°C, blue skies and no wind. Cold mornings 5°C typically. Wilson’s school bronze practice. Cold mornings and some fog. Mornings were cold, as low as Folly A fine pine tree near a checkpoint.

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DofE 3.0: South Downs (Surrey Hills)

19°C, clear , still and dry. 264 mile drive to get here straight from work. We’ll see whether it leaves me too tired next week. That will be 16 days work without a day off. The forecast is good. This, … Continue reading

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DofE 2.0 North Downs

24°C, cloudless and still I led DofE Bronze with MapMyRide+! Distance: 18.27km, time: 08:35:00, pace: 28:11min/km, speed: 2.13km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2868937525 Each day started cold, Saturday was +4.5°C and Sunday morning colder. Here, the sun happens to shine down the inside of … Continue reading

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Working away.

Getting warm soon. A six day week: Invigilation; First Aid certificate renewal; Lead DofE practice expedition, then back to Invigilation. Colour testing the Masonary paint. It’s close, a smidge dark and blue. I’m steadily getting this done but my efforts … Continue reading

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Gold, day 4, completion.

12°C, sunny but rain at the end A day to wait, cleanup and packing the minibuses carried on against a background of sun and a cloud inversion.​ A cold front drew over us as the day finished bringing rain, heavy … Continue reading

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