Category Archives: DofE

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

DofE 9: Parbold.

30°C full blazing sun but for moor smoke. No real wind. Bronze qualifying in central lancashire, same as a few weeks ago except there are only four groups. A finishing off trip. The only real concern today is the heat; … Continue reading

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DofE 8.0, New Forest.

22°C, bright summer’s day. Time spend getting the coordinates right in the satnav paid off with an easy journey to camp. The roads were very good in contrast to yesterday. Unfortunately, I had to pay for a pod at the … Continue reading

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DofE 7.0, White Peak,

Warm in the sunshine, cooler later. 20°C, very, very high pollen.. Bronze qualifying: camped in Alstonfield, as previously. I’ve worked for this school for years and this is the most capable and well behaved groups they’ve ever had. 7.2, some … Continue reading

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DofE 6.0: Surrey Hills

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: Parbold

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 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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