Sunshine-filled days for DofE training
Testbourne’s DofE teams were out and about earlier this term in the Hampshire countryside. Walks and training activities are still permitted for school and DofE groups, so the teams spent a Saturday on a walk near Watership Down, and Sunday walking from Laverstoke, with both walks being around 15 or 16 km (9-10 miles).
More than 20 students took part, walking in their 4 teams, and practising their navigation and leadership skills. On Saturday they carried full packs with spare clothes, tents, stoves and food, and stopped along the way to make their camp and cook a meal – one team cooked bacon, others opted for big pots of pasta, all eaten with enthusiasm.
Sunday saw a faster walking pace as they only carried essentials and packed lunches. The teams were able to take responsibility for their map reading and taking their own decisions, in preparation for their final assessed expedition.
The teams will be planning their routes, walking with full packs and experiencing as much as possible what a DofE expedition is like, even if they have to sleep at home in their own beds! Tuesday evening training also continues, with students learning to use walkie-talkies and planning their expedition menus.